Extinction

Find out everything there is to know about extinction and stay updated on the latest extinction news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and pictures at LiveScience. Learn more about amazing discoveries scientists are making as they uncover the causes and other details of major extinctions throughout history.
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Could Dinosaurs Have Survived the Impact that Killed Them?
asteroid impact illustration
July 27th, 2014
The space rock that wiped out most of the dinosaurs may have had a colossal case of bad timing. If the impact had occurred a few million years earlier or later, more of the majestic beasts may have survived, scientists say.
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From the Frontline: Saving Australia's Threatened Mammals
Greater stick-nest rat, extinction, endangered species
June 27th, 2014
Almost a third of Australia’s mammals have become extinct or are facing extinction, largely thanks to introduced predators such as cats and foxes. But what is the best way to save the species still alive?
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Humans Blamed for Extinction of Mammoths, Mastodons & Giant Sloths
June 3rd, 2014
A new study suggests that humans were mostly to blame for the extinction of large mammals such as the woolly mammoth, though controversy over the cause of the global loss of megafauna will likely continue.
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Old Idea About Ecology Questioned by New Findings
Bradley Cardinale struggles with Darwin's hypothesis being wrong
April 28th, 2014
New research refutes one of Darwin’s hypotheses.
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Ancient Sheep Poop Reveals Desert Island's Secret Past
Bighorn sheep drinking
March 21st, 2014
On the floor of a cave in a remote desert island in Mexico, scientists stumbled across a mat of urine-hardened poop, dating back to 1,500 years ago. The fossilized dung offers surprising evidence that bighorn sheep once lived on the uninhabited island.
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Ancient Long-Necked 'Sea Monsters' Rowed Their Way to Prey
illustration of a nothosaur
June 11th, 2014
Nothosaurs, ancient marine predators that paddled the Mesozoic oceans, swam with a rowing motion that dredged up prey, new track marks reveal.
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Extinction Rates Soar to 1,000 Times Normal (But There's Hope)
diversity map of birds in the americas
May 29th, 2014
Species are going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they would be if humans didn't exist, new research finds. However, scientists say that technology and citizen-science tools can turn this biodiversity crisis around.
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Tiny Killer: Mini 'Tasmanian Tiger' Took Down Large Prey
Thyaline fossil from Australia
April 9th, 2014
An ancient Australian relative of the recently extinct Tasmanian tiger could hunt prey larger than itself, unlike its more modern, unlucky relative, new research finds. The discovery comes from a rare full fossil skeleton of the ancient marsupial.
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