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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Northern White Rhino Dies, Leaving Only 4 Left on Earth
Northern White Rhino - Nabire
July 28th, 2015
One of the last five northern white rhinoceroses in the world has died. Three females and one male are left.
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Heritage Livestock are Vanishing Across the United States (Photos)
Tennessee Myotonic buck - Chip
July 7th, 2015
Can unique and rare American livestock be saved from extinction?
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Here's More Proof Earth Is in Its 6th Mass Extinction
Giant Panda Mei Xiang
June 19th, 2015
Diverse animals across the globe are slipping away and dying as Earth enters its sixth mass extinction, a new study finds.
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Mighty Mammoths Fell Prey to Rapidly Warming Earth
July 23rd, 2015
The mighty megafauna of the last ice age, including the wooly mammoths, short faced bears and cave lions, largely went extinct because of rapid climate-warming events, a new study finds.
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Massive Lava Flows Linked to Dinosaur-Killing Impact
Deccan Traps
May 5th, 2015
The Chicxulub meteor impact 66 million years ago may have triggered a magnitude-11 earthquake that shook loose massive amounts of lava in India.
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An Asteroid Didn't Wipe Out Ichthyosaurs — So What Did?
Ichthyosaur fossils
July 23rd, 2015
During the dinosaur age, ichthyosaurs — large marine reptiles that look like dolphins — flourished in prehistoric oceans. But as competition in these areas grew, ichthyosaurs lost both territory and species before gradually going extinct, a study finds.
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Fading Florida Panthers Need New Paths to Safety
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June 25th, 2015
Florida panthers are getting a lifeline in newly protected territory, but will it be enough?
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Then There Were 5: Inside the Race to Save the Northern White Rhino
Sudan is the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world.
June 8th, 2015
Only five northern white rhinoceroses are left on Earth. Can reproductive technology save a subspecies driven to near extinction?
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