Extinction
Lacustrine ecosystems needed 10 million years to recover after end-permian mass extinction  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The end-Permian mass extinction (EPME), approximately 252 million years ago (Ma), caused a serious marine and terrestrial ecosystem crisis, and about 75% of terrestrial... more
Contemporaneity of Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and early Homo erectus in South Africa  Science Magazine · 2 days
Understanding the extinction of Australopithecus and origins of Paranthropus and Homo in South Africa has been hampered by the perceived complex geological context of hominin fossils,... more
Evolutionary adaptation helped cave bears hibernate, but may have caused extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 days
A study published in Science Advances on April 1 reveals a new hypothesis that may explain why European cave bears went extinct during past climate change... more
Landmark skull fossil provides surprising human evolution clues  REUTERS · 3 days
Scientists have solved a longstanding mystery over the age of a landmark skull found in 1921 in Zambia - the... more
An affordable and fast clinical test that can save human lives and spares at-risk population  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Horseshoe crabs are remarkable animals, beautiful in their weirdness. These "living fossils" evolved 450 million years ago and... more
The unlikely story of the green peafowl  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
We all know that habitat loss is pushing many species to the brink of extinction, with the conversion of forests for agricultural use a particular problem. more
Defaunation in rainforests could have more severe consequences than reported  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Tropical rainforests are emptying out due to the ongoing extinction of animal species caused by overhunting and forest fragmentation. But not only species as such, also the number... more
In Earth's largest extinction, land animal die-offs began long before marine extinction  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Because of poor dates for land fossils laid down before and after the mass extinction at the end of the Permian, paleontologists assumed that... more
Case studies provide in-depth lessons about sustainability  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
"I can't watch these animals go extinct and sit by," Josh, general manager of Mugie Conservancy said in an interview about the problem of poaching other animals, usually for profit. This after he received... more
Researchers create framework for evaluating environmental stopgap measures  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Ending global environmental crises such as climate change and slowing the growing number of extinctions of plant and animal species will require radical solutions that could take centuries to implement. Meanwhile, the... more
In Earth's largest extinction, land die-offs began long before ocean turnover  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The mass extinction at the end of the Permian Period 252 million years ago—one of the great turnovers of life on Earth—appears to have played out... more
Pablo Escobar's hippos may help counteract a legacy of extinctions  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on... more
What Jenga can teach us about wildlife conservation before it's too late  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Despite considerable effort, and some wonderful success stories, it is widely acknowledged that global conservation targets to reverse declines in biodiversity and halt species... more
Eastern monarch butterfly population plunges below extinction threshold  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The yearly count of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico, released today, shows a decrease of 53% from last year's count and is well below the threshold at which government scientists predict the... more
Unprecedented preservation of fossil feces from the La Brea Tar Pits  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
While Rancho La Brea, commonly known as the La Brea Tar Pits, is famous for its thousands of bones of large extinct mammals, big insights are... more
Darkness, not cold, likely responsible for dinosaur-killing extinction  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
New research finds soot from global fires ignited by an asteroid impact could have blocked sunlight long enough to drive the mass extinction that killed most life on Earth, including the dinosaurs,... more
Cracking the code to sea cucumber farming  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Sea cucumbers are internationally known as a superfood, as they contain many healthy substances. They are highly sought after by both Chinese restaurants and health food manufacturers. However, many sea cucumber species are threatened... more
Warming mountaintops put snake at risk of extinction  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Climate change is a key factor contributing to the likely extinction of the Greek Meadow Viper, a new study has found. more
Crocs' better parenting skills could make them more resilient to climate change  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The ability of crocodiles to survive mass extinctions could be in part due to their more hands-on approach to parenting, say scientists at the... more
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