Extinction
Disappearing bumblebee species under threat of extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The American Bumblebee - a species once more commonly seen buzzing around Southern Ontario - is critically endangered, according to a new study. The finding found the native North American species, Bombus pensylvanicus, is... more
Disappearing bumblebee species under threat of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The American Bumblebee—a species once more commonly seen buzzing around Southern Ontario—is critically endangered, according to a new study led by York University. more
The quest to save the banana from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
Panama disease, an infection that ravages banana plants, has been sweeping across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. The impact has been devastating. In the Philippines alone, losses have totalled US$400m.... more
Genetics behind the evolution of flightless birds  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Based on the analysis of the genomes of more than a dozen flightless birds, including an extinct moa, researchers found that while different species show wide variety in the protein-coding portions of their genome,... more
Volcanic Eruptions Caused End-Permian Extinction, New Evidence Confirms  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
An international team of paleontologists from China and the United States has found high levels of mercury in the end-Permian... more
Asian elephant outlives stegodon—advantage due to diverse diet  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Together with their Chinese colleagues, Senckenberg scientists studied the feeding habits of the Asian elephant and its extinct relative, the stegodon, during the Pleistocene. They reached the conclusion that the Asian elephant... more
Climate change threatens endangered sparrows  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
A new study finds that some sparrow species will likely go extinct within the century due to climate change. more
Climate change threatens endangered sparrows  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
A new study in The Condor: Ornithological Applications finds that some sparrow species will go extinct within the century due to climate change. more
New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years... more
World's Rarest Giant Turtle Loses Last Known Female, All But Guaranteeing Extinction  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The world's last known female Yangtze giant softshell turtle died one day after a failed artificial insemination in China. more
New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. more
Of bunyips and other beasts: Living memories of long-extinct creatures in art and stories  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
On many continents during the last ice age, typically from about 50,000 to 12,000 years ago, species of megafauna that... more
Fossils of Silurian Sea Cucumber Found in UK  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
An international team of paleontologists has found the remains of an extinct sea cucumber in 430 million-year-old (Silurian period) fossil-rich... more
Fossils of enigmatic extinct human species found on Philippine island  REUTERS · 2 weeks
Thirteen fossil bones and teeth excavated in a cave in the Philippines represent an enigmatic previously... more
New Species of Extinct Pig-Footed Bandicoot Discovered  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
An international team of researchers from Australia and the United Kingdom has discovered a new species of pig-footed bandicoot which has been... more
Woolly mammoths and Neanderthals may have shared genetic traits  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A new study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry -- woolly mammoths and Neanderthals -- shared molecular characteristics of adaptation to cold environments. more
Evolution imposes 'speed limit' on recovery after mass extinctions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among... more
Woolly mammoths and Neanderthals may have shared genetic traits  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry—woolly mammoths, elephant-like animals that evolved in the arctic peninsula of Eurasia around... more
Evolution imposes 'speed limit' on recovery after mass extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
It takes at least 10 million years for life to fully recover after a mass extinction, a speed limit for the recovery of species diversity that is well known among... more
Humans are not off the hook for extinctions of large herbivores – then or now  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
What triggered the decline and eventual extinction of many megaherbivores, the giant plant-eating mammals that roamed the Earth... more
Study explains why some of our famous flightless birds can't fly  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
University of Otago researchers in association with colleagues from Harvard University have discovered new evidence of what made some of New Zealand's iconic birds such as... more
Structure, spatial dynamics, and stability of novel seed dispersal mutualistic networks in Hawaii  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Increasing rates of human-caused species invasions and extinctions may reshape communities and modify the structure, dynamics, and stability of species interactions. To... more
Convergent regulatory evolution and loss of flight in paleognathous birds  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
A core question in evolutionary biology is whether convergent phenotypic evolution is driven by convergent molecular changes in proteins or regulatory regions. We combined phylogenomic, developmental, and epigenomic... more
Global eradication of 'fly of death' not ethically justified, researchers conclude  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers argue that human-caused extinction of the tsetse fly would be unethical, but elimination campaigns targeting isolated populations of the fly are ethically defensible. more
Loss of habitat causes double damage to species richness  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Loss and fragmentation of habitat are among the main reasons why biodiversity is decreasing in many places worldwide. Now, a research team with participation of the German Centre for Integrative... more
Loss of habitat causes double damage to species richness  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Loss and fragmentation of habitat are among the main reasons why biodiversity is decreasing in many places worldwide. Now, a research team has established that the destruction of habitat causes... more
Methane on Mars: A new discovery or just a lot of hot air?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The discovery of life on Mars would get pretty much everyone excited. But the scientists hunting for it would probably be happy... more
Tiger geckos in Vietnam could be the next species sold into extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
While information about the conservation status of the tiger gecko species is largely missing, these Asian lizards are already particularly vulnerable to extinction. A... more
Pacific Mastodon: New Species of Ancient Elephant Relative Identified  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
A new species of mastodon that lived during the Pleistocene period has been identified from fossil found in... more
Landmarks to go dark for extinction awareness  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Global landmarks from the Sydney Opera House to Dubai's Burj Khalifa are set to dim their lights on Saturday to raise awareness about energy use and our planet's vanishing biodiversity. more
Fossils show recovery from extinction event helped shape evolutionary history  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Ancient sea-floor dwellers are providing new clues about how mass extinctions steer life's evolutionary history, according to scientists. more
Tasmanian devils prove quick adaptors in bid for survival  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A contagious cancer is threatening Tasmanian devils with extinction, but these unique carnivores—and their human helpers—are adapting at breakneck speed, giving new hope for their survival. more
Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An international study has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past 50 years. more
Amphibian fungal panzootic causes catastrophic and ongoing loss of biodiversity  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Anthropogenic trade and development have broken down dispersal barriers, facilitating the spread of diseases that threaten Earth’s biodiversity. We present a global, quantitative assessment of the amphibian chytridiomycosis... more
Mass amphibian extinctions globally caused by fungal disease  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found a fungal disease has caused dramatic population declines in more than 500 amphibian species, including 90 extinctions, over the past... more
In ancient oceans that resembled our own, oxygen loss triggered mass extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers provide first conclusive evidence linking widespread ocean oxygen loss and rising sea levels to a 430-million-year-old mass extinction event. more
In ancient oceans that resembled our own, oxygen loss triggered mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Roughly 430 million years ago, during the Earth's Silurian Period, global oceans were experiencing changes that would seem eerily familiar today. Melting polar ice... more
Critically endangered birds still alive on King Island  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study has found two critically endangered bird species feared to be near extinction on King Island in the Bass Strait are not only still alive, but their populations may be... more
Why the feds should protect Midwest wolves from slaughter  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The bald eagle is America's symbol, but 70 years ago it was nearly extinct. Once numbering as many as half a million, the population in the lower 48 states had... more
Extinct 'Pig-Footed Bandicoot' Galloped Around Australia Like a Wonky Little Horse  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
An extinct Australian marsupial looks like a kangaroo, an opossum and a deer got a bit too friendly at the local watering hole. more
Researchers discover new species of extinct Australian mammal  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and the Western Australian Museum have discovered a new species of very small, incredibly fast, extinct Australian Pigfooted Bandicoot. more
How Smart Were Neanderthals?  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Our extinct cousins have a lousy reputation that's being overturned by new discoveries. more
Many sharks closer to extinction than feared: Red List  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
Human appetites are pushing makos and other iconic sharks to the brink of extinction, scientists warned in a new assessment of the apex predator's conservation status. more
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