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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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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Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
This photo of Renee Zellweger was taken in 2002, at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie Chicago.
October 26th, 2014
Tractor beams, ebola and King Tut's health — the coolest Science this week!
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New Dates Tie Volcanic Flood to Dinosaur Extinction
Deccan Traps
December 11th, 2014
New, more precise dates for India's Deccan Traps eruptions could revive the idea that the massive set of lava flows caused the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) extinction.
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Solved: When Earth's Largest Shark Disappeared
Megalodon Fighting Titanoboa
October 22nd, 2014
A new study of fossil records estimates that the 60-foot-long (18 meters) Megalodon shark went extinct 2.6 million years ago.
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Climate and Civilization Killed Egypt's Animals
Egyptian knife with animal decoration
September 8th, 2014
By looking at images of animals in Egypt's archaeological record, scientists found that most extinctions over the last 6,000 years were linked to periods of big change in terms of climate and human civilization.
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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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