Extinction
Why some scientists want to rewrite the history of how we learned to walk  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
It's not often that a fossil truly rewrites human evolution, but the recent discovery of an ancient extinct ape has... more
Seahorse breeding project aims to recover endangered species from near extinction  PHYS.ORG · 6 hours
Following a dramatic decline in numbers over the past decade, White's seahorse, also known as the Sydney seahorse, has recently been listed as an endangered species... more
Dull teeth, long skulls, specialized bites evolved in unrelated plant-eating dinosaurs  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Herbivorous dinosaurs evolved many times during the 180 million-year Mesozoic era, and while they didn't all evolve to chew, swallow, and digest their food in the... more
Extinction filters mediate the global effects of habitat fragmentation on animals  Science Magazine · 1 day
Habitat loss is the primary driver of biodiversity decline worldwide, but the effects of fragmentation (the spatial arrangement of remaining habitat) are debated. We tested the... more
Dull teeth, long skulls, specialized bites evolved in unrelated plant-eating dinosaurs  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Herbivorous dinosaurs evolved many times during the 180 million-year Mesozoic era, and while they didn't all evolve to chew, swallow, and digest their food in the... more
Alcohol tolerance may have saved our ancestors from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The ability to process alcohol may have saved humanity's ancestors from extinction, a new book suggests. more
Living at the edges  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Resembling an overgrown house cat with black-tipped ears and a stubby tail, the Canada lynx, a native of North America, teeters on the brink of extinction in the U.S. The few lynx that now roam parts of Washington and the... more
Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today's horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
The extinct sea scorpion species Jaekelopterus rhenaniae had eyes comparable to those of today's horseshoe crabs. The two-and-a-half-meter predator was... more
Compound eyes: The visual apparatus of today's horseshoe crabs goes back 400 million years  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
The eyes of the extinct sea scorpion Jaekelopterus rhenaniae have the same structure as the eyes of modern horseshoe crabs... more
Researchers discover a potential window for managing insects without chemicals  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The world's insects are headed down the path of extinction with more than 40 percent of insect species in decline according to the first global scientific review, published... more
Scientists re-counted Australia's extinct species, and the result is devastating  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
It's well established that unsustainable human activity is damaging the health of the planet. The way we use Earth threatens our future and that of many animals and... more
Scientists Re-Counted Australia's Extinct Species. And the Result Is Devastating  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 days
In the most comprehensive assessment of its kind, researchers find that 100 endemic Australian species living in 1788 are now extinct. more
First action plan in 25 years aims to save Australia's snakes and lizards from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
The status of Australian snakes and lizards has deteriorated significantly over the past two decades, with the number... more
Were Neanderthals, Denisovans and Other Archaic Humans Victims of Sixth Mass Extinction?  SCI-NEWS.COM · 5 days
Nine human species walked the Earth 300,000 years ago. Now there is just one. Neanderthals were stocky hunters adapted to Europe’s cold steppes, their... more
Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Newly-hatched tortoises take their first steps at a Bangladesh conservation park, their feet barely visible under hard shells that carry the weight of the species on their backs. more
Neanderthal Extinction Caused by Inbreeding and Smallness of Their Populations, Study Suggests  SCI-NEWS.COM · 1 week
A long-standing enigma in paleoanthropology is the demise of Neanderthals about 40,000 years ago. There is general agreement that their disappearance coincides with migration... more
Inbreeding and population/demographic shifts could have led to Neanderthal extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Small populations, inbreeding, and random demographic fluctuations could have been enough to cause Neanderthal extinction, according to a new study. more
Nearly 40% of species are very rare and are vulnerable to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Almost 40% of global land plant species are categorized as very rare, and these species are most at risk for extinction as... more
Inbreeding and population/demographic shifts could have led to Neanderthal extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Small populations, inbreeding, and random demographic fluctuations could have been enough to cause Neanderthal extinction, according to a study published November 27, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS... more
New Cretaceous mammal fossil sheds light on evolution of middle ear  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have reported... more
Did human hunting activities alone drive great auks' extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
New insight on the extinction history of a flightless seabird that vanished from the shores of the North Atlantic during the 19th century has been published today in eLife. more
Did human hunting activities alone drive great auks' extinction?  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
New insight on the extinction history of a flightless seabird that vanished from the shores of the North Atlantic during the 19th century has been published today. more
Fossils reveal swimming patterns of long extinct cephalopod  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Computational fluid dynamics can be used to study how extinct animals used to swim. Scientists studied 65 million-year-old cephalopod fossils to gain deeper understanding of modern-day cephalopod ecosystems. more
Sumatran rhino is extinct in Malaysia as lone survivor dies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer. more
Sumatran rhino extinct in Malaysia as lone survivor dies  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Sumatran rhinoceros has become extinct in Malaysia, after the last of the species in the country succumbed to cancer on Saturday. more
First in vitro Puerto Rico crested toad gives scientists hope  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A critically endangered Puerto Rican toad was for the first time born via in vitro fertilization as U.S. scientists attempt to save it from extinction, officials announced Friday. more
Were other humans the first victims of the sixth mass extinction?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Nine human species walked the Earth 300,000 years ago. Now there is just one. The Neanderthals, Homo neanderthalensis, were stocky hunters adapted to Europe's cold steppes.... more
Almost a third of tropical Africa's flora faces extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
31.7% of tropical Africa's vascular plant species could be threatened with extinction, reveals an international study. Using a new approach based on the key elements of the assessment process used... more
Extinction of ice age giants likely drove surviving animals apart  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As the world grapples with an extinction crisis, our large mammals are among the most endangered. These threatened species—rhinos, pandas, tigers, polar bears and the like—greatly influence their... more
A third of Africa's tropical flora threatened with extinction: study  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A third of the species of tropical plants in Africa are potentially threatened with extinction, according to a preliminary estimate published Wednesday by the journal Science Advances. more
A third of the tropical African flora is potentially threatened with extinction  Science Magazine · 2 weeks
Preserving tropical biodiversity is an urgent challenge when faced with the growing needs of countries. Despite their crucial importance for terrestrial ecosystems, most tropical... more
Apple sleuths hunt Northwest for varieties believed extinct  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The apple tree stands alone near the top of a steep hill, wind whipping through its branches as a perfect sunset paints its leaves a vibrant gold. more
Saving 'half Earth' for nature would affect over a billion people  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
As the extinction crisis escalates, and protest movements grow, some are calling for hugely ambitious conservation targets. Among the most prominent is sparing 50% of the... more
Are hyoliths Palaeozoic lophophorates?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Hyoliths are extinct invertebrates with calcareous shells that were common constituents of Cambrian fauna and formed a minor component of benthic faunas throughout the Palaeozoic until their demise in the end-Permian mass extinction. The biological affinity of hyoliths has long... more
The little duck that could: Study finds endangered Hawaiian duck endures  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The endangered Hawaiian duck, or koloa, the only endemic duck remaining on the main Hawaiian Islands, is threatened with genetic extinction due to interbreeding with feral... more
Scarier than fiction: climate worry driving 'cli-fi' boom  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Imagine a world where storms inundate coastal megacities, entire species become extinct in the blink of an eye, and conflicts are fought over dwindling natural resources. more
Gigantopithecus is Related to Modern-Day Orangutans, New Study Shows  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Orangutans (genus Pongo) are the closest living relatives of Gigantopithecus blacki, the biggest primate that ever walked the... more
Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic material this old has... more
Closest Living Relative of Extinct 'Bigfoot' Found  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Gigantopithecus, an enormous extinct ape that lived in Asia millions of years ago, was a close relative of the modern orangutan. more
Closest Relative of Extinct 'Bigfoot' Found  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Gigantopithecus, an enormous extinct ape that lived in Asia millions of years ago, was a close relative of the modern orangutan. more
China's huge mysterious extinct ape 'Giganto' was an orangutan cousin  REUTERS · 3 weeks
Genetic material extracted from a 1.9 million-year-old fossil tooth from southern China shows that the world's... more
Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
By using ancient protein sequencing, researchers have retrieved genetic information from a 1.9 million year old extinct, giant primate that used to live in a subtropical area in southern China.... more
Spot the difference: Two identical-looking bird species with very different genes  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
While reports of species going extinct are sadly becoming common, an international team of scientists has identified a new species of bird living on the Southern... more
What is a 'mass extinction' and are we in one now?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of... more
Scientists find two identical-looking bird species have very different genes  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
While reports of species going extinct are sadly becoming common, an international team of scientists has identified a new species of bird living on the Southern coast of... more
Whale shark hot spot offers new conservation insights  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), whale sharks are considered endangered, which means the species has suffered a population decline of more than 50% in the past three... more
Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is holding us back from putting conservation research... more
Applying biodiversity conservation research in practice  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
One million species are threatened with extinction, many of them already in the coming decades. This unprecedented loss of biodiversity threatens valuable ecosystems and human well-being. But what is holding us back from putting conservation research... more
Putting a conservation finger on the internet's pulse  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Scientists from the University of Helsinki have figured out how to mine people's online reactions to endangered animals and plants so that they can reduce the chance of pushing species toward extinction. more
Vietnam deer rediscovered after nearly 30 years  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A very rare species of small, deer-like animal thought to be on the verge of extinction has been spotted in the northwestern jungle of Vietnam for the first time in nearly 30 years. more
New sphenisciform fossil further resolves bauplan of extinct giant penguins  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Penguins are descendants of seabirds that lost the ability to fly more than 60 million years ago in exchange for chasing the abundant food available in the ocean.... more
Neanderthals May Have Gone Extinct Because of Human Tropical Infections  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
The initial encounter between Neanderthals and anatomically modern Homo sapiens migrating out of Africa occurred more... more
Neanderthal extinction linked to human diseases  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Complex disease transmission patterns could explain why it took tens of thousands of years after first contact for our ancestors to replace Neanderthals throughout Europe and Asia. more
Scientists link Neanderthal extinction to human diseases  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local caves once inhabited by Neanderthals and wonder along with others why our distant cousins abruptly disappeared about 40,000 years ago. Now a scientist... more
Unless warming is slowed, emperor penguins will be marching towards extinction  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Emperor penguins are some of the most striking and charismatic animals on Earth, but a new study from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has found... more
Unless warming is slowed, emperor penguins will be marching towards extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Emperor penguins are some of the most striking and charismatic animals on Earth, but a new study has found that a warming climate may render them... more
Huge trove of mammoth skeletons found in Mexico  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-ever discovery of mammoth remains: a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 of the extinct giants found in central Mexico. more
Extinct species rediscovered in Winterhoek mountains, South Africa, after 200 years  PHYS.ORG · 1 month
One of the first recorded species to have been lost to forestry and agriculture in the Western Cape in the 1800s, a type of fountain bush... more
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