Extinction
Successful egg harvest breaks new ground in saving the northern white rhinoceros  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 minutes
There are only two northern white rhinos left worldwide, both of them female. Saving this representative of megafauna from extinction seems impossible under these... more
Plants are going extinct up to 350 times faster than the historical norm  PHYS.ORG · 12 hours
Earth is seeing an unprecedented loss of species, which some ecologists are calling a sixth mass extinction. In May, a United Nations... more
Scientists a step closer to saving northern white rhino from extinction  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Veterinarians have successfully harvested eggs from the last two surviving northern white rhinos, taking them one step closer to bringing the species back from the brink... more
Shocking rate of plant extinctions in South Africa  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Plant extinctions from South Africa's three biodiversity hot spots represent 45.4 percent of all extinctions from 10 of the world's 36 hotspots, new research finds. more
Genetic diversity couldn't save Darwin's finches  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 day
Researchers found that Charles Darwin's famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity. The study of the finches of the Galapagos Islands could change the way conservation biologists think... more
Wildlife meeting backs more protection for giraffes  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Wildlife-supporting countries on Thursday backed regulating international trade in giraffes in a bid to offer more protection to the gentle giants, feared to be facing a "silent extinction". more
Shocking rate of plant extinctions in South Africa  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Over the past 300 years, 79 plants have been confirmed extinct from three of the world's biodiversity hotspots located in South Africa—the Cape Floristic Region, the Succulent Karoo, and the Maputuland-Pondoland-Albany corridor. more
20-million-year-old skull suggests complex brain evolution in monkeys, apes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates—a diverse group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their nearest kin—progressively increased over time. New research on... more
'Otterly adorable'?: Demand for cute selfies puts animals at risk  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Social media users are fuelling a burgeoning appetite for acquiring wild otters and other endangered animals as pets, conservationists say, warning the trend could push species towards extinction. more
Connected forest networks on oil palm plantations key to protecting endangered species  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 days
Set-aside patches of high-quality forest on palm oil plantations may help protect species like orangutans, as well as various species of insects, birds and... more
Scientists discover new way to reconstruct what extinct animals looked like  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Scientists could be set to reveal the most accurate depictions of ancient vertebrates ever made after a world-first discovery at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. more
Genetic study suggests humans, not Ice Age, killed off European cave bears  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
A team of researchers affiliated with multiple institutions across Europe has found evidence that suggests humans were responsible for the extinction of cave bears... more
Lizards from cold climates may face rapid extinctions in next 60 years, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Lizards that produce live young are significantly more likely to be driven to extinction through climate change than those that... more
Gentle giraffes threatened with 'silent extinction'  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
For most of his life as a Samburu warrior, Lesaiton Lengoloni thought nothing of hunting giraffes, the graceful giants so common a feature of the Kenyan plains where he roamed. more
Global meet to mull trade rules to protect endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Specialists will meet in Geneva from Saturday to try to tighten rules on trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and other endangered animal and plant species amid growing... more
Countries push to protect sharks, rays  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Dozens of countries will push at a global meeting for regulations on trade in 18 types of shark and ray, with conservationists warning Thursday of looming extinction for many species. more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Scientists have recovered the first genetic data from an extinct bird in the Caribbean, thanks to the remarkably preserved bones of a Creighton's caracara from a... more
Genetic study implicates humans in demise of prehistoric cave bear  REUTERS · 1 week
Genetic research that reconstructed the past population dynamics of the cave bear, a prominent prehistoric denizen... more
Now endangered: The very act that protects wildlife  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Trump administration recently announced a proposal that would gut the Endangered Species Act. The news follows in the wake of a report from the United Nations earlier this year that more... more
Monarchs caught up in rewrite of endangered species rule  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from... more
Goodbye monarchs? Protection changes may imperil butterflies  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Hand-raising monarch butterflies in the midst of a global extinction crisis, Laura Moore and her neighbors gather round in her suburban Maryland yard to launch a butterfly newly emerged from its chrysalis. Eager to... more
Editorial: Trump guts the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears and bald eagles, take notice  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The Trump administration announced reckless and potentially devastating new rules Monday that will weaken the Endangered Species Act, which currently... more
Trump overhauls endangered species protections  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Trump administration on Monday rolled out some of the broadest changes in decades to enforcement of the landmark Endangered Species Act, allowing the government to put an economic cost on saving a species and other changes critics... more
How a huge forest of extinct trees sparked transformation of life on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
If you were to step back in time some 365 million years, you might see a landscape more akin to the wilder... more
Dinosaur egg bonanza gives vital clues about prehistoric parenting  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Perhaps the most amazing thing about fossils is that they don't just show us what extinct animals looked like, they can also reveal how those animals lived. Even a fossilized... more
Study of microfossils maps extreme global warming and environmental change  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Studies of marine microfossils, known as conodonts, have allowed a team of researchers from Australia and China to map extreme global warming which coincided with the most severe... more
Energy development wins when it's pitted against endangered species  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Widespread species decline at the hands of humans is a powerful tale. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, more than 27 percent of 100,000 assessed species are... more
It would take 50 million years to recover New Zealand's lost bird species  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Half of New Zealand's birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers estimate that... more
It would take 50 million years to recover New Zealand's lost bird species  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Half of New Zealand's birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers reporting in... more
Ecological land grab: food vs fuel vs forests  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The overlapping crises of climate change, mass species extinction, and an unsustainable global food system are on a collision course towards what might best be called an ecological land grab. more
Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new study suggests that Indigenous-managed lands may play a critical role in helping species survive. more
Animal friendships 'change with the weather' in the Masai Mara  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
When it comes to choosing which other species to hang out with, wild animals quite literally change their minds with the weather, a new study reveals. The findings... more
Black bears adapt to life near humans by burning the midnight oil  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Amid reports that human activities are pushing many wild species to the edge of extinction, it's easy to miss the fact that some animal... more
Vaquita porpoise about to go extinct, researchers warn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
The vaquita porpoise, one of the world's most endangered animals, could become extinct within a year if fishing nets continue being used illegally, a university in Scotland warned on Wednesday. more
Biodiversity highest on Indigenous-managed lands  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
More than one million plant and animal species worldwide are facing extinction, according to a recent United Nations report. Now, a new UBC-led study suggests that Indigenous-managed lands may play a critical role in helping species survive. more
Sexual competition helps horned beetles survive deforestation  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
A study of how dung beetles survive deforestation in Borneo suggests that species with more competition among males for matings are less likely to go extinct, according to new research. more
Researchers Sequence Genome of Komodo Dragon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
An international team of scientists has mapped and analyzed the entire genome of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the largest extant monitor lizard. Komodo... more
Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Victoria the southern white rhino is now happily bonding with her healthy newborn son at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. And with that birth on... more
Revolutionary method could bring us much closer to the description of hyperdiverse faunas  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Two hundred and sixty-one years ago, Linnaeus formalized binomial nomenclature and the modern system of naming organisms. Since the time of his... more
Revolutionary method could bring us much closer to the description of hyperdiverse faunas  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Largely relying on DNA barcoding, rather than traditional practices, a simplified diagnostics method for species description could be the key to revealing... more
Elephant extinction will raise carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
One of the last remaining megaherbivores, forest elephants shape their environment by serving as seed dispersers and forest bulldozers as they eat over a hundred species of fruit, trample bushes,... more
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