‘Chewing like a cow’ helped early mammals thrive in the wake of dinosaur extinction

There’s a lot to be grateful for the first mammalian ancestors who evolved side-to-side chewing.

Half of the world’s species could become extinct by 2100, biologists say at Vatican conference

Welcome to the planet’s sixth major extinction — take a seat.

Bumblebee becomes the first endangered bee in continental US

For the first time in history, a bee in continental US has been listed as endangered.

Scientists are closer to bringing back enormous, ancient cow

Scientists are trying to de-extinct ancient cows called aurochs.

Sprinting towards extinction: cheetahs number plunge

The cheetahs can’t outrun humanity.

Giraffes are facing a silent extinction – and so are other, undiscovered species

A new report published by the IUCN shows that the emblematic giraffe is facing a threatening decline.

Selective wipe out of large marine species sets the stage for an unprecedented sixth mass extinction

Large marine species are favorably lost which could disrupt marine ecosystems for millions of years.

Humpback whales bounce back from the brink of extinction

Humpback whales have made an epic return.

Four out of six great apes are almost extinct because of us

While the situation of pandas is improving, the same can’t be said about great apes.

Global warming and humans — a lethal combination for megafauna

In between rising temperatures and human hunters, mammoths and sabretooth tigers stood no chance.

Fossil Friday: Helicoprion

Helicoprion is an extinct genus of shark-like, cartilaginous fish that lived from the early Permian (~290 m.y. ago) all through to the massive Permian-Triassic extinction episode (roughly 250 m.y. ago.)

World tiger numbers are increasing for the first time in over a century

For the first time in over one hundred years worldwide tiger numbers have increased, but there are still only 3,900 specimens in the wild.

Live fast, die young: the secret to surviving a mass extinction

Drastically reducing body size and, maybe most importantly, lifespan may have been the most important course of action evolution undertook to preserve some species, paleontologists argue.

Europe might lose its ash trees forever

Europe is likely to lose all its ash trees, the largest-ever survey of the species warns. Plagued by both a fungal disease known as ash-dieback and an invasive species of beetle, the emerald ash borer, the tree might be wiped clean off of the continent.

Many species now going extinct may vanish without a fossil trace

We judge our planet’s biological past by using geological evidence – fossils. Fossils are the preserved remains or traces of animals, plants, and other organisms from the remote past.

It pays to be a small fish in a big pond after a mass extintion

Some 360 million years ago, the oceans were teeming with big fish, some as big as a school bus. Then something terrible happened, the causes of which still escape scientists today: the Hangenberg Event. This was the last peak in a streak of mass extinctions known as the Late Devonian extinction which exterminated 97% of all marine vertebrate species. In the aftermath, it paid to be small a new study suggests. The researchers at University of Pennsylvania found that small fish dominated the ecological niches for nearly 40 million years. This tremendous rebound time is relevant today when overfishing is threatening countless large fish species. Once these disappear, it might be a very long time before we get tuna-sized fish back on our plates.

Is There Hope for Extinct Species?

When we talk about extinction, we tend to think of it in the past-tense, or as something that just kind of happens, far removed from the activities of humankind. So let’s put things in perspective, just so we fully understand the scope of extinction.

How humans turned “safari” to “safe” – what large mammals diversity worldwide would look without us

The fact that the greatest biodiversity of large mammals we know of today is recorded in Africa is a legacy of past human activity, not climate or environmental phenomena, new study reveals. The paper theorizes at how the world today would look if Homo sapiens had never existed.
In a previous analysis, the researchers from Aarhus Univeristy, Denmark, they showed how the mass extinction of large mammals during the last Ice Age and the subsequent millennia, most notably the late-Quaternary megafauna extinction, is largely explainable by the expansion of modern humans across the world.

The world is on the brink of a sixth massive extinction

The world’s next massive extinction will most likely be caused not by an asteroid impact, volcano activity or alien invasion, but by us humans. A study that looked at the past and present rates of extinction found that plants and animals are going extinct 1,000 times faster than they did before humans walked on Earth’s surface. So, is it clear

Some models no longer available: Earth enters its 6th mass extinction phase, humans accelerate the losses

Geological evidence indicates that our planet has seen five mass extinction cycles since life first appeared on the planet. While they sound like the kind of cataclysmic events that only beardy men with huge boats survive through (read that in a book once, so it must be true), they are actually an integral part of life. The cycles free up