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Study shakes up sloth family tree

June 11, 2019

Sloths, which once roamed the Americas, ranged from tiny, cat-sized animals that lived in trees to massive ground…
Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits

April 10, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry — woolly…
Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies

February 27, 2019

New research on an extinct weasel relative reveals what it might have eaten when it lived in North…
Human ancestors not to blame for ancient mammal extinctions in Africa

November 29, 2018

New research disputes a long-held view that our earliest tool-bearing ancestors contributed to the demise of large mammals…
Eleven seal species narrowly escaped extinction

November 21, 2018

‘Hunting, epidemics, and climate change all have the potential to reduce the number of individuals in a population…
Rare fossil bird deepens mystery of avian extinctions

November 15, 2018

During the late Cretaceous period, more than 65 million years ago, hundreds of different species of birds flitted…
Study signals dramatic change in way ancient diets are calculated

July 10, 2018

Knowing what extinct animals ate has long been determined by analyzing carbon isotopes locked inside fossil teeth. For…
Keeping pandas off endangered list ledge

September 4, 2017

Things aren’t all black and white for giant pandas. The beloved Chinese icons have basked in good press…
Tiny creature from you nightmares – scary worm was patrolling ocean floor 500 million years ago

August 4, 2017

Life on Earth millions of years ago was quite different. Not only conditions were nothing like the ones…
A tiny pre-historic reptile sported some impressive armour

July 2, 2017

When we talk about dinosaurs, we typically imagine giant reptiles, much bigger than an average house. However, scientists…
Woolly mammoths experienced a genomic meltdown just before extinction

March 4, 2017

As the population of woolly mammoths dwindled, the massive animals’ genomes experienced a mutational meltdown, pushing them closer…
Humans, not climate change, wiped out Australian megafauna

January 23, 2017

New evidence involving the ancient poop of some of the huge and astonishing creatures that once roamed Australia…
Impending extinction crisis for non-human primates spurs a call for action

January 19, 2017

The plight of Earth’s primates has prompted researchers around the world to call for sweeping societal changes before…
The Frogs Are All Right

October 7, 2016

They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. That old adage appears to hold true for the…
New Study Details Endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher Habitat and New Threats

September 7, 2016

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows, for the first time ever, detailed habitat information on…
Pikas Disappearing from Parts of the West Due to Climate Change

August 26, 2016

Researchers found evidence of widespread reduction in pika range in three mountainous regions including the Great Basin, southern…
A Mammoth Undertaking

August 26, 2016

Can the woolly mammoth be brought back from the dead? Scientists say it’s only a matter of time.…
Most island vertebrate extinctions could be averted, concludes new study

August 25, 2016

Eight of every ten species extinctions has occurred on islands, and invasive mammals are the leading reason for…
Many Endangered Species Face Long Waits for Protection

August 11, 2016

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To…
Study finds gray wolves should remain protected

July 31, 2016

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Los Angeles who investigated the genetic ancestry of North America’s…
Living on borrowed time

July 26, 2016

Unfortunately, loss of plant and animal habitat leads to local species extinctions and a loss of diversity from…
Lemur extinctions ‘orphaned’ some Madagascar plant species

April 13, 2016

The extinction of several species of large lemurs in Madagascar has created isolated “orphaned” plant species that once…
Cloud cover points to threatened habitats, study says

April 1, 2016

The search for endangered species is leading scientists to an unexpected place for information — the clouds that…
Many Species Disappearing Today Will Leave no Trace in the Fossil Record

March 23, 2016

A new study by three palaeontologists finds that many, if not most, of the threatened species living on…
Eastern Monarch Butterflies at Risk of Extinction Unless Numbers Increase

March 21, 2016

The new study, available in the journal Scientific Reports, found that the Eastern migratory monarch population declined by…
Research Suggests Dodos Might Have Been Quite Intelligent

March 3, 2016

New research suggests that the dodo, an extinct bird whose name has entered popular culture as a symbol…
Climate change did not drive megafauna extinctions in Australia

February 1, 2016

We tend to think that the big environmental changes in the past were the key factors shaping the…
Extinct predatory fish Saurichthys had a spiral-shaped intestine

January 7, 2016

Fossils are one of the best ways for us to gain knowledge about evolution of species. However, they…
Darwin’s finches may face extinction

December 22, 2015

Mathematical simulations at the University of Utah show parasitic flies may spell extinction for Darwin’s finches in the…
How to see a mass extinction if it’s right in front of you

December 17, 2015

A Yale-led study urges scientists to move their focus from species extinction to species rarity in order to…
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