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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Dinos Died Here: Getting to the Core of Asteroid Impact Mystery
An artist’s impression of the Chicxulub asteroid impacting the Yucatan Peninsula as pterodactyls fly in the sky above.
April 8th, 2015
Scientists plan to drill deep into the Chicxulub crater formed by a space rock that smashed into Earth 65.5 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs.
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As China Saves its 'Smiling' Porpoise, It Saves Its People (Op-Ed)
Finless porpoise
March 31st, 2015
Save the river porpoise, save China.
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The Brutal Art of Extinction (Gallery)
funerary urns, extinction art
April 2nd, 2015
To understand extinction, art can bring a brutal power to the message of loss.
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Biggest Asteroid Impact Zone Found Under Australia
asteroid impact rock
March 23rd, 2015
Sometime between 300 million and 600 million years ago, a massive space rock split in two before colliding with the planet.
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Ancient Earth Had Weird Chemistry: Vanilla Rocks, Lemon-Juice Soil
In Butterloch Gorge in northern Italy, the boundary between Permian-era rocks and Triassic-era rocks is exposed.
February 3rd, 2015
During the worst mass extinction in Earth's history, the soil may have been as acidic as lemon juice, new research shows.
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Mass Extinctions: What Humans Can Learn from the Past
T-Rex skeleton
November 25th, 2014
From the space rock that killed the dinosaurs to the supervolcanoes that wiped out nearly 90 percent of the world's species, mass extinctions have occurred a handful of times throughout Earth's history. And if humans aren't careful, the planet may be due
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Framing the End: Extinction as Art (Interview)
Touch of Light, Brandon Ballengée, extinction art
April 2nd, 2015
A deformed frog, preserved and stained with its disfigurations, is a poignant statement on environmental destruction.
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Penguins Rapidly Conquered New Zealand After Humans Ate Rivals
yellow-eyed penguins
March 3rd, 2015
Fossils left behind by a penguin that was hunted to extinction reveal a remarkably fast turnover in species occurred after Polynesians settlers wiped out New Zealand's weird island wildlife.
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Low Oxygen Hobbled Recovery from History's Worst Extinction
Permian Earth
December 17th, 2014
Life didn't immediately rebound after the world's greatest extinction, but cropped up in fits and starts.
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