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Mystery solved: ocean acidity in the last mass extinction

October 23, 2019

A new study led by Yale University confirms a long-held theory about the last great mass extinction event…
How ocean ecosystems recovered after mass extinction event 66 million years ago

October 21, 2019

An international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have produced an unprecedented record of the…
Tiny plankton slow to recover after dinosaur killing asteroid collision

September 30, 2019

A team of scientists have revealed that after the devastation caused by a mass extinction event on Earth…
New research details first days after asteroid strike that killed off dinosaurs

September 25, 2019

A giant, speeding asteroid crashed into a shallow sea 66 million years ago and plunged Earth into a…
Oxygen depletion in ancient oceans caused major mass extinction

September 2, 2019

Late in the prehistoric Silurian Period, around 420 million years ago, a devastating mass extinction event wiped 23…
Breaching a “carbon threshold” could lead to mass extinction

July 9, 2019

In the brain, when neurons fire off electrical signals to their neighbors, this happens through an “all-or-none” response.…
Earth’s recovery from mass extinction could take millions of years

April 11, 2019

How long will it take our biosphere to recover from the current climate crisis? It’s a question that…
Global amphibian mass extinctions caused by fungal disease

April 2, 2019

An international study led by The Australian National University has found that a fungal disease has caused dramatic…
In ancient oceans that resembled our own, oxygen loss triggered mass extinction

March 29, 2019

Roughly 430 million years ago, during the Earth’s Silurian Period, global oceans were experiencing changes that would seem…
Oxygen levels changed in the past 2 billion years more than previously believed

March 16, 2019

Earth’s atmosphere is about 21 % oxygen – this fact is pretty much in every handbook of natural…
Asteroid or volcanos? Apportioning blame for the dinosaur extinction

February 22, 2019

Based on new data published today in the journal Science, it seems increasingly likely that an asteroid or comet…
Death of the dinosaurs: Extreme volcanism played pivotal role in extinction, research shows

February 22, 2019

Not by meteorite alone did the dinosaurs die off. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) research scientist Kyle Samperton…
Nearly Half the World‘s Insects might go Extinct within Decades if Decisive Action is not Taken

February 12, 2019

Thanks to our current agricultural practices, nearly half of all insect species are in rapid decline and a…
Iguana-sized dinosaur cousin discovered in Antarctica, shows how life at the South Pole bounced back after mass extinction

February 11, 2019

Antarctica wasn’t always a frozen wasteland. About 250 million years ago, it was covered in forests and rivers,…
To de-extinct or not to de-extinct?

February 6, 2019

One of the significant ways humans affect the environment is by causing or accelerating the extinction of other…
Nickel and died: Earth’s largest extinction likely took plants first

February 4, 2019

About 252 million years ago, with the planet’s continental crust mashed into the supercontinent called Pangaea, volcanoes in…
Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Could Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Large Animals

December 13, 2018

For many years, scientists have been studying how supernovae could affect life on Earth. Supernovae are extremely powerful…
Biggest extinction in Earth’s history caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

December 10, 2018

The largest extinction in Earth’s history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago.…
Huge Jurassic reptiles thrived as sea levels were rising 150 million years ago

September 4, 2018

We can learn about what is going to happen in the future looking at the past. Climate change…
Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient marine organisms

June 18, 2018

Global climate change, fueled by skyrocketing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, is siphoning oxygen from today’s oceans at…
Scientists discovered a new way to find mass extinctions

June 15, 2018

A new mass extinction has been identified during the Triassic period, some 232 million years ago – called…
Decade of fossil collecting in Africa gives new perspective on Triassic period, emergence of dinosaurs

April 6, 2018

After a great mass extinction shook the world about 252 million years ago, animal life outside of the…
New fuel added to a hot debate about ice age extinctions

February 22, 2018

Did massive wildfires spread across the Earth 13,000 years ago, leaving an ecologically changed Northern Hemisphere in their…
The Big Burn

February 15, 2018

Some 13,000 years ago, a cataclysmic event occurred on Earth that was likely responsible for the collapse of…
Increased UV from ozone depletion sterilizes trees

February 13, 2018

Pine trees become temporarily sterile when exposed to ultraviolet radiation as intense as some scientists believe the Earth…
12,800 Years Ago, Earth Was Struck by a Disintegrating Comet, Setting Off Global Firestorms

February 4, 2018

According to modern theories of geological evolution, the last major ice age (known as the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation) began…
Life on land and tropical overheating 250 million years ago

January 12, 2018

How this affected life on land has been uncertain until now. In a new study published today, Dr…
Mammals Switched to Daytime Activity After Dinosaur Extinction

November 9, 2017

Mammals only started being active in the daytime after non-avian dinosaurs were wiped out about 66 million years…
Dino-killing asteroid sped up bird evolution

September 22, 2017

Human activities could change the pace of evolution, similar to what occurred 66 million years ago when a…
Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction

September 21, 2017

In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that…
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