Extinction

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Earth May Be in Early Days of 6th Mass Extinction
Mass Extinction Elephants
July 28th, 2014
The previous mass extinction, which wiped out the dinosaurs, happened about 65 million years ago, likely from a catastrophic asteroid that collided with Earth. In contrast, the looming sixth mass extinction is linked to human activity.
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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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As Sharks Disappear, So Could Shark Week​ (Op-Ed)
sharks, shark week, endangered species
August 13th, 2014
Shark Week can be terrifying, but sharks have much more to fear than we do.
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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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Amazon's Biggest Fish Faces Threat of Extinction
Arapaima Fish
August 12th, 2014
Measuring 10 feet long and weighing in at more than 400 pounds, it's hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways.
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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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