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Scientists spot six near-extinct vaquita porpoises (Update)
PHYS.ORG The near-extinct vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise, has not yet disappeared from its habitat off the coast of Mexico, a research team said Wednesday after spotting six of them. 9 hours
Extinction is forever—and ecosystem recovery takes a really, really long time
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the University of Leeds studying fossil data surrounding the Permo-Triassic (P-Tr) extinction of 252 million years (Ma) ago found that a marine ecosystem, in... 1 day
Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis
SCIENCE DAILY The sixth mass extinction is underway, this time caused by humans. A team of researchers have calculated that species are dying out so quickly that nature's built-in defense... 3 days
Mammals cannot evolve fast enough to escape current extinction crisis
PHYS.ORG Humans are exterminating animal and plant species so quickly that nature's built-in defence mechanism, evolution, cannot keep up. An Aarhus-led research team calculated that if current conservation efforts... 3 days
Puppy-Size Roaches (and Other Bizarre Creatures) Pop Up in 'Beyond the Sixth Extinction'
LIVE SCIENCE In a toxic landscape of the future, what strange animals might evolve? 7 days
Homology, neocortex, and the evolution of developmental mechanisms
Science Magazine The six-layered neocortex of the mammalian pallium has no clear homolog in birds or non-avian reptiles. Recent research indicates that although these extant amniotes possess a variety of divergent and nonhomologous pallial... 7 days
Decoupled taxonomic and ecological recoveries from the Permo-Triassic extinction
Science Magazine The Permian-Triassic mass extinction was the worst crisis faced by life; it killed >90% of marine species in less than 0.1 million years (Ma). However, knowledge of its macroecological impact... 1 week
Newly described fossils could help reveal why some dinos got so big
PHYS.ORG By the time non-avian dinosaurs went extinct, plant-eating sauropods like the Brontosaurus had grown to gargantuan proportions. Weighing in as much as 100 tons,... 1 week
World’s Oldest Flying Squirrel Fossil Discovered
SCI-NEWS.COM An international team of paleontologists has found the world’s oldest flying squirrel fossil — an 11.63-million-year-old specimen of an extinct species called Miopetaurista neogrivensis... 1 week
Does it really matter if one animal goes extinct?
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Imagine what it must have been like for those early ocean explorers setting foot on new islands full of interesting animals that they had never seen before. 1 week
Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds
SCIENCE DAILY The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct,... 2 weeks
Underestimating combined threats of deforestation and wildlife trade will push Southeast Asian birds
PHYS.ORG The combined impact of deforestation and wildlife exploitation on bird numbers is severely underestimated and could lead to some species becoming extinct,... 2 weeks
Cryptography techniques to screen synthetic DNA could help prevent the creation of dangerous pathogens
PHYS.ORG In 2016, synthetic biologists reconstructed a possibly extinct disease, known as horsepox, using mail-order DNA for around $100,000. The experiment... 2 weeks
New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas
PHYS.ORG A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction. 2 weeks
Impacts of species richness on productivity in a large-scale subtropical forest experiment
Science Magazine Biodiversity experiments have shown that species loss reduces ecosystem functioning in grassland. To test whether this result can be extrapolated to forests, the main... 2 weeks
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