Extinction
In Earth's largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that... more
Case studies provide in-depth lessons about sustainability  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
"I can't watch these animals go extinct and sit by," Josh, general manager of Mugie Conservancy said in an interview about the problem of poaching other animals, usually for profit. This after he received... more
Researchers create framework for evaluating environmental stopgap measures  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Ending global environmental crises such as climate change and slowing the growing number of extinctions of plant and animal species will require radical solutions that could take centuries to implement. Meanwhile, the... more
In Earth's largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago—one of the great turnovers of life on Earth—appears to have played out... more
Pablo Escobar's hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on... more
What Jenga can teach us about wildlife conservation before it's too late  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Despite considerable effort, and some wonderful success stories, it is widely acknowledged that global conservation targets to reverse declines in biodiversity and halt species... more
Eastern monarch butterfly population plunges below extinction threshold  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released today, shows a decrease of 53% from last year's count and is well below the threshold at which government scientists predict the... more
Unprecedented preservation of fossil feces from the La Brea Tar Pits  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
While Rancho La Brea, commonly known as the La Brea Tar Pits, is famous for its thousands of bones of large extinct mammals, big insights are... more
Darkness, not cold, likely responsible for dinosaur-killing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive the mass extinction that killed most life on Earth, including the dinosaurs,... more
Cracking the code to sea cucumber farming  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Sea cucumbers are internationally known as a superfood, as they contain many healthy substances. They are highly sought after by both Chinese restaurants and health food manufacturers. However, many sea cucumber species are threatened... more
Warming mountaintops put snake at risk of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Climate change is a key factor contributing to the likely extinction of the Greek Meadow Viper, a new study has found. more
Crocs' better parenting skills could make them more resilient to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The ability of crocodiles to survive mass extinctions could be in part due to their more hands-on approach to parenting, say scientists at the... more
Reef-building coral exhibiting 'disaster traits' akin to the last major extinction event  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study shows that stony corals, which provide food and shelter for almost a quarter of all ocean species, are preparing for a... more
Fossil of New Eocene-Period Bird Species Unearthed in Utah  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A new species of extinct quail-like bird has been identified from a fossil found in eastern Utah. Dubbed... more
New tiny 44 million year old bird fossil links Africa and Asia to Utah  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new species of quail-sized fossil bird from 44 million year old sediments in Utah fills in a gap in... more
Reef-building coral exhibiting 'disaster traits' akin to the last major extinction event  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A study published Tuesday in Scientific Reports shows that stony corals, which provide food and shelter for almost a quarter of all ocean species,... more
Directed species loss from species-rich forests strongly decreases productivity  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
At high species richness, directed loss, but not random loss, of tree species strongly decreases forest productivity. This is shown by data from a big forest project in China. Previous... more
Directed species loss from species-rich forests strongly decreases productivity  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
At high species richness, directed loss, but not random loss, of tree species strongly decreases forest productivity. This is shown by data from a big forest project in China in... more
Paleontologists discover why the oceans are so diverse  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 month
Slow, steady evolution in animal groups that contain many different ecological lifestyles has been a key buffer against extinction, the new research shows. more
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