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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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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Surprising Survivor: Little Ancient Reptile Outlived Dinosaurs
the Punta Peligro fossil locality, Chubut Province, Patagonia.
August 20th, 2014
A new fossil find reveals that a family of lizardlike reptiles survived the Cretaceous extinction that killed the dinosaurs and lived for millions more years in South America.
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6th Mass Extinction? Humans Kill Species Faster Than They're Created
Sumatran rhino
September 8th, 2014
Species are dying off thousands of times faster than they are being created, according to new research that highlights the planet's looming biodiversity crisis. The study also suggests humans are on the verge of causing a sixth mass extinction on Earth.
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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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A Centenary for the Last Passenger Pigeon (Op-Ed)
Passenger pigeon painting by naturalist and artist John James Audubon
August 30th, 2014
On the one-hundredth anniversary of the last passenger pigeon's death, reflections on the loss of darkened skies.
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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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