Extinction
Studying the human brain through craniovascular traits  PHYS.ORG · 7 minutes
Arteries and veins leave their marks on the bones of the cranium, and these traces can be used in anthropology, bioarchaeology and paleontology to investigate the blood system in extinct species or past populations.... more
California's mighty predator, the mountain lion, faces 'extinction vortex'  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
As the mountain lions of Southern California approach what some experts call an "extinction vortex," environmentalists are demanding that state officials grant the big cats protective status—a move that could... more
Untangling the complicated relationships between people and nature for a brighter future  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 days
With major crises such as extinctions and environmental degradation upon us, there's never been a more crucial time to find solutions to environmental challenges.... more
Genetic basis of ruminant headgear and rapid antler regeneration  Science Magazine · 6 days
Ruminants are the only extant mammalian group possessing bony (osseous) headgear. We obtained 221 transcriptomes from bovids and cervids and sequenced three genomes representing the only two pecoran lineages that... more
The return of the wolf: Wild cubs born in the Netherlands  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Authorities say wolves are officially back in the Netherlands, two centuries after the animals were hunted to extinction in the country, after a pair produced a... more
Defaunation precipitates the extinction of evolutionarily distinct interactions in the Anthropocene  Science Magazine · 7 days
Species on Earth are interconnected with each other through ecological interactions. Defaunation can erode those connections, yet we lack evolutionary predictions about the consequences of losing... more
Antarctic marine life recovery following the dinosaurs' extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
A new study shows how marine life around Antarctica returned after the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. A team studied just under 3000 marine fossils collected from Antarctica to understand... more
Hyenas Once Lived above Arctic Circle  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
Paleontologists have found two fossilized teeth of extinct cursorial hyenas (genus Chasmaporthetes) in the remote Old Crow River region in northern Yukon Territory, Canada.... more
Troublesome trees: spread of forests contributed to ancient extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Evidence from ancient rocks in north Alabama show the Earth's first forest spread rapidly, likely contributing to a mass extinction of shallow marine life some 370 million years ago. more
Marine life recovery following the dinosaurs' extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A new study shows how marine life around Antarctica returned after the extinction event that wiped out the dinosaurs. more
Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Sea otters have very low genetic diversity, scientists report. Their findings have implications for the conservation of rare and endangered species, in which a... more
Sea otters have low genetic diversity like other threatened species, biologists report  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Sea otters have low genetic diversity, which could endanger their health as a species, a UCLA-led team of life scientists has discovered. The findings... more
3-D cranial reconstruction elucidates the evolution of new world monkeys  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers have used computed tomography (CT) scanning to examine and reconstruct cranial fossils belonging to two extinct species of monkey, Caipora bambuiorum and Cartelles coimbrafilhoi. The fossils were... more
Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
A recent study highlights the fact that the economic benefits of commodity export for primate habitat countries has been limited relative to... more
Global commodities trade and consumption place the world's primates at risk of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A recent study published in the peer-reviewed journal PeerJ—the Journal of Life and Environmental Sciences highlights the fact that the economic benefits... more
A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A shady refuge on a hot day could be more than a simple comfort in a warming world. Finding a cooler spot might save several species that would... more
A shady spot may protect species against rapid climate warming  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Finding a shady refuge to cool off on a hot day could be more than a lifesaver in a warming world. It might save several species that would... more
Giant Cambrian Trilobite Species Unearthed in Australia  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists have unearthed fossils of a giant trilobite species that inhabited Australian waters approximately 500 million years ago (Cambrian period). Trilobites are... more
New 'king' of fossils discovered in Australia  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. more
Undocumented plant extinctions are a big problem in Australia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A recent survey on the world's plants found a shocking number have gone extinct—571 since 1750. And this is likely to be a stark underestimate. Not all plants have been... more
New 'king' of fossils discovered on Kangaroo Island  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Fossils of a giant new species from the long-extinct group of sea creatures called trilobites have been found on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. more
Parrot world's endangered heavyweight faces new threat  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An unprecedented disease outbreak has pushed the critically endangered kakapo, the world's fattest parrot, closer to extinction, New Zealand scientists said Thursday. more
Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have found that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles also known as pterosaurs, had a remarkable ability -- they could fly from birth. more
Monkeys face climate change extinction threat  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an 'elevated risk of extinction', according to a new study. more
New to science New Zealand moths link mythological deities to James Cameron's films  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
In an unexpected discovery, two species of macro-moths were described as new species endemic to the South Island, New Zealand. Each is... more
Monkeys face climate change extinction threat  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Monkeys living in South America are highly vulnerable to climate change and face an "elevated risk of extinction," according to a new University of Stirling-led study. more
Baby pterodactyls could fly from birth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A breakthrough discovery reveals that pterodactyls, extinct flying reptiles, had a remarkable ability—they could fly from birth. The importance of this discovery is highlighted by the fact that no other living vertebrates today, or those in... more
Leatherback sea turtles likely to go extinct under Trump administration policy, lawsuit argues  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Leatherback sea turtles are likely to be "effectively extinct within 20 years" if two new federal permits for fishing off the coast... more
Study shows recent plant extinctions much more extensive than thought  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of researchers with the Royal Botanic Gardens in the U.K. and Stockholm University has found that plant extinctions over the past two and a half centuries... more
Indian temple helps nurture 'extinct' turtle back to life  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The black softshell turtle is officially extinct in the wild, but a centuries-old Indian temple and its nature-loving caretaker are helping the creature make a tentative comeback. more
Last-ditch attempt to warn of coalmine harm  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Groundwater experts from around Australia have repeated calls for further investigations into the potential effects on heritage groundwater reserves in central Queensland if the giant Adani Carmichael coalmine gets the final regulatory go-ahead.Concerns the... more
New research shakes up the sloth family tree  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
New studies by two research teams published today in the journals Nature Ecology and Evolution and Current Biology challenge decades of accepted scientific opinion concerning the evolutionary relationships of tree sloths and... more
Scientists crack origin of the Persian walnut  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Prized worldwide for its high-quality wood and rich flavor of delicious nuts, the Persian walnut (Juglans regia) is an important economic crop. Using genomic data analyzed with phylogenetic and population genetic approaches, researchers have... more
To see how invading predators change an ecosystem, watch the prey, say researchers  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Invading predators can devastate an ecosystem. In fact, a leading cause of extinction is the introduction of predators into an isolated system... more
Why Giant Beavers Went Extinct 10,000 Years Ago  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Giant beavers (members of the genus Castoroides) inhabited North America throughout the mid- to late Pleistocene. They went extinct along... more
'Landscape of fear': how invasive species disrupt habitats  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Invasive species can dramatically reshape environments and cause extinction, even when they don't prey on their newfound neighbours, according to new research that highlights the dangers of altering habitats. more
Feathers Arose 80 Million Years before Birds, Scientists Say  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
According to a new review paper published in the journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, feathers arose 250-230... more
Paleontologists Find Fossilized School of Eocene-Era Fish  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
A slab of grayish limestone shale from the Eocene Green River Formation, the United States, caught a school of Erismatopterus levatus, an... more
Marine life is disappearing, imperiling San Diego's future  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Just as scientists are starting to understand the life forms and landscape of the ocean, they are also coming to grips with the threat of mass extinctions, speakers said at a marine... more
An island haven for frogs in a sea of extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the species-destroying chytrid fungus. An international team of scientists has published a... more
In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Identifying the movements of extinct species from millions of years ago can provide insights into ancient migration routes, interaction between species, and... more
In hot pursuit of dinosaurs: Tracking extinct species on ancient Earth via biogeography  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
One researcher at the University of Tokyo is in hot pursuit of dinosaurs, tracking extinct species around ancient Earth. Identifying the movements... more
Habitat loss doesn't just affect species, it impacts networks of ecological relationships  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Habitat loss is the leading cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. Depending on their size, animals need a given amount of area to be able... more
Neanderthals May Have Been Driven to Extinction by a Tiny Drop in Fertility Rates  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Just a slight dip in the fertility rates of Neanderthals could explain their extinction over the course of several thousand... more
Domino effect of species extinctions also damages biodiversity  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The mutual dependencies of many plant species and their pollinators mean that the negative effects of climate change are exacerbated. The total number of species threatened with extinction is therefore considerably higher... more
Declining fertility rates may explain Neanderthal extinction, suggests new model  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new hypothesis for Neanderthal extinction supported by population modelling is put forward in a new study by Anna Degioanni from Aix Marseille Université, France and colleagues, published... more
Link to stress, health of whales might be in giant mouths  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Whale researchers in New England believe they've found a new way to measure the amount of stress felt by whales when they experience traumas such as... more
To save the African elephant, focus must turn to poverty and corruption  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
African elephants are threatened with extinction. With numbers shrinking by a third in just seven years, there are now fewer than 350,000 left in... more
Extinction Looms As Last Male Sumatran Rhino in Malaysia Dies  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino has died, leaving just one of the rhinos, a captive female, in the entire country, a region that was once replete with the... more
Extinction Looms As Last Male Sumatran Rhino in Malaysian Dies  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Malaysia's last male Sumatran rhino has died, leaving just one of the rhinos, a captive female, in the entire country, a region that was once replete with the... more
Domino effect of species extinctions also damages biodiversity  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The mutual dependencies of many plant species and their pollinators mean that the negative effects of climate change are exacerbated. As UZH researchers show, the total number of species threatened with extinction... more
High-tech fishing gear could help save critically endangered right whales  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Many fish, marine mammals and seabirds that inhabit the world's oceans are critically endangered, but few are as close to the brink as the North Atlantic right whale... more
New study dismisses green growth policies as a route out of ecological emergency  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study examines green growth policies as articulated in major reports by the World Bank, the OECD and the UN Environment... more
Fruit bat hunting also harms humans  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
According to the report of the World Biodiversity Council IPBES 2019 on the global state of biodiversity, one million animal and plant species are acutely threatened with extinction. In addition, the overexploitation of the last 50... more
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