Extinction
Geologists reveal anoxia caused loss in biodiversity in ancient seas  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
Since 2016, the researchers of the Department of Geology at Tallinn University of Technology have been engaged in a research project analyzing the causes of Silurian biodiversity crisis.... more
Eocene-Epoch Stingray Had Unique Body Plan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 day
A new species of prehistoric stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species, has been identified from fossils found in Italy.... more
Why Humans' Extinct 'Hobbit' Relatives Were So Small  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
The diminutive size of the extinct human relative called the Hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, could come down to really fast evolution. more
Living evidence of a fossil survival strategy raises hope for warming-affected corals  Science Magazine · 1 week
Climate change is affecting reef-building corals worldwide, with little hope for recovery. However, coral fossils hint at the existence of environmental stress–triggered survival strategies... more
Study: Short-Term or Catastrophic Events Caused Extinction of Wrangel Island Mammoths  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
The world’s last population of woolly mammoths (Mammuthus primigenius) lived on Wrangel Island, currently... more
A study on tropical fish sheds light on species invasions  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Biodiversity, i.e., the variety of life forms on Earth, is in great danger. Human-driven climate change and intensive land use are altering ecosystems, and globalisation facilitates the transport... more
The last mammoths died on a remote island  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The last woolly mammoths lived on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean; they died out 4,000 years ago within a very short time. An international research team from the Universities of Helsinki... more
Extinction Rebellion plans fortnight of worldwide climate action  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Extinction Rebellion climate protesters are planning to bring disruption to 60 cities around the world from Monday in a fortnight of civil disobedience, warning of an environmental "apocalypse". more
Global wildlife trade across the tree of life  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Wildlife trade is a multibillion dollar industry that is driving species toward extinction. Of >31,500 terrestrial bird, mammal, amphibian, and squamate reptile species, ~18% (N = 5579) are traded globally. Trade is... more
New Australian pterosaur may have survived the longest  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The discovery of a previously unknown species of pterosaur, which may have persisted as late as the Turonian period (90-93 million years ago), is reported in Scientific Reports this week. The fossil,... more
How did the extinction of saber-toothed cats impact other mammals?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When saber-toothed cats and mammoths roamed North America, they dominated their environments. After they went extinct during the end of the last ice age, their absence fundamentally altered... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
African evidence support Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12,800 years ago, leading to global consequences including climate change, and... more
Fossil fish gives new insights into evolution after end-Cretaceous mass extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
An international research team has discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs from living species. The find provides new... more
Fossil fish provides new insights into the evolution  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international research team led by Giuseppe Marramà from the Institute of Paleontology at the University of Vienna discovered a new and well-preserved fossil stingray with an exceptional anatomy, which greatly differs... more
Microscopic evidence sheds light on the disappearance of the world's largest mammals  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Understanding the causes and consequences of Late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions is increasingly important in a world of growing human populations and climate change. A... more
New research supports hypothesis that asteroid contributed to mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of scientists from South Africa has discovered evidence partially supporting a hypothesis that Earth was struck by a meteorite or asteroid 12 800 years ago, leading... more
Rare, endangered orchids slip across porous southern Chinese border  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The insatiable demand for orchids could be driving wild orchids to extinction in southern China.  more
Condor chick makes 1st flight attempt from Utah cliff  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In another sign that California condors are making a comeback in the wild three decades after nearing the brink of extinction, a condor chick left its nest and made its... more
Climate change could pit species against one another as they shift ranges  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Species have few good options when it comes to surviving climate change -- they can genetically adapt to new conditions, shift their ranges, or... more
The hidden ark: How a grassroots initiative can help save fish from extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Freshwater fish are the most threatened vertebrate group, and species are disappearing faster than scientists can describe them. A new study shows... more
The hidden ark: How a grassroots initiative can help save fish from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Freshwater fish are a highly diverse group representing nearly half of all fish species. Due to accelerating human activities, they are also... more
Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events 'could be lethal'  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Faced with extreme weather events and unprecedented environmental change, animals and plants are scrambling to catch up -- with mixed results. A... more
Underwater manatee chatter may aid in their conservation  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists propose a new method for calculating populations of the Antillean manatee, a marine mammal in danger of extinction, through underwater recordings. more
Collapse of desert bird populations likely due to heat stress from climate change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As temperatures rise, desert birds need more water to cool off at the same time as deserts are becoming drier, setting some... more
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur-killing asteroid collision  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth 66 million years ago, the plankton at the base of the ocean... more
Ocean ecosystems take two million years to recover after mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Around 66m years ago, a giant asteroid struck the Earth, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs, ammonites, and many other species. more
Nature group: 58% of Europe's native trees are threatened  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international conservation group is warning that more than half of the trees in Europe that exist nowhere else in the world are threatened with extinction. more
Ongoing accumulation of plant diversity through habitat connectivity in an 18-year experiment  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Deleterious effects of habitat fragmentation and benefits of connecting fragments could be significantly underestimated because changes in colonization and extinction rates that drive changes... more
California, 16 states sue Trump administration over rollback of Endangered Species Act  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
California and 16 other states on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration's weakening of the Endangered Species Act, a landmark law that... more
Bee biodiversity barometer on Fiji  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
The biodiversity buzz is alive and well in Fiji, but climate change, noxious weeds and multiple human activities are making possible extinction a counter buzzword. Just as Australian researchers are finding colourful new bee species, some of them... more
Bee biodiversity barometer on Fiji  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The biodiversity buzz is alive and well in Fiji, but climate change, noxious weeds and multiple human activities are making possible extinction a counter buzzword. more
Researchers Sequence Genomes of All Living Penguin Species  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Scientists from the Penguin Genome Consortium have produced 19 high-coverage penguin genome sequences that, together with two previously published genomes,... more
Anthropologist contributes to major study of large animal extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Anthropologist contributed a large, multi-institutional study explaining how the human-influenced mass extinction of giant carnivores and herbivores of North America fundamentally changed the biodiversity and landscape of the continent. more
Division by subtraction: Extinction of large mammal species likely drove survivors apart  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study suggests that the extinctions of mammoths, dire wolves and other large mammal species in North America drove surviving species to distance... more
Scientists Reconstruct Skeletal Anatomy of Denisovans  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A team of researchers from Israel and Spain has produced reconstructions of Denisovans, an extinct sister group of Neanderthals, based on patterns of methylation... more
Reorganization of surviving mammal communities after the end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Large mammals are at high risk of extinction globally. To understand the consequences of their demise for community assembly, we tracked community structure through the end-Pleistocene megafaunal extinction... more
Division by subtraction: Extinction of large mammal species likely drove survivors apart  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When a series of large mammal species began going extinct roughly 12,000 years ago, many surviving species began going their separate ways, says new... more
Decline of the North American avifauna  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Species extinctions have defined the global biodiversity crisis, but extinction begins with loss in abundance of individuals that can result in compositional and functional changes of ecosystems. Using multiple and independent monitoring networks, we report population... more
Chronic Ear Infections Contributed to Neanderthal Extinction  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Neanderthals may have been doomed to extinction because they had persistent, life-long ear infections due to the structure of their Eustachian tubes,... more
Scientists reconstruct skeleton of elusive, pre-historic human  REUTERS · 4 weeks
Researchers in Israel say they have reconstructed the skeleton of a pre-historic human from a long-extinct and elusive species using DNA found... more
Did a common childhood illness take down the Neanderthals?  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
It is one of the great unsolved mysteries of anthropology. What killed off the Neanderthals, and why did Homo sapiens thrive even as Neanderthals withered to extinction? Was it some... more
Did a common childhood illness take down the neanderthals?  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A new study suggests that the extinction of Neanderthals may be tied to persistent, life-long ear infections due to the structure of their Eustachian tubes, which are similar to those... more
Undervalued wilderness areas can cut extinction risk in half  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Wilderness areas, long known for intrinsic conservation value, are far more valuable for biodiversity than previously believed, and if conserved, will cut the world's extinction risk in half, according to... more
Wilderness areas halve extinction risk  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The global conservation community has been urged to adopt a specific target to protect the world's remaining wilderness areas to prevent large scale loss of at-risk species. more
Scientific progress could result in human extinction  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Our present moment is characterized by a growing obsession with the long term. The study of climate change, for example, relies on increasingly long-range simulations. Science's predictions are no longer merely hypotheses for validation... more
UM study abroad students fuel understanding of gaps in conservation data  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Animals around the globe face rising extinction rates, but there is often a lack of data about the causes of population declines, as well as ecological... more
Why the global Red List mislabels the risk to many species  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
When we talk about how threatened animals or plants are, we will almost always reference their statuses on the Red List. Created by the International Union... more
Extinct Canary Island bird was not a unique species after all, DNA tests prove  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
DNA tests have proven an extinct bird species unique to the Canary Islands—whose loss was considered a sizeable blow for... more
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