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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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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Old Idea About Ecology Questioned by New Findings
Bradley Cardinale struggles with Darwin's hypothesis being wrong
April 28th, 2014
New research refutes one of Darwin’s hypotheses.
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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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Extinction Rates Soar to 1,000 Times Normal (But There's Hope)
diversity map of birds in the americas
May 29th, 2014
Species are going extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they would be if humans didn't exist, new research finds. However, scientists say that technology and citizen-science tools can turn this biodiversity crisis around.
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Tiny Killer: Mini 'Tasmanian Tiger' Took Down Large Prey
Thyaline fossil from Australia
April 9th, 2014
An ancient Australian relative of the recently extinct Tasmanian tiger could hunt prey larger than itself, unlike its more modern, unlucky relative, new research finds. The discovery comes from a rare full fossil skeleton of the ancient marsupial.
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Looking Forward to the Past: What Fossils Tell Us About Extinction (Op-Ed)
owls, fossils, history, extinction
January 28th, 2014
The impact of European settlement on Australia was so massive that many mammals disappeared before anyone noticed they were there, but fossils from the past 10,000 years offer excellent evidence of pre-European fauna.
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Microbes May Have Caused Earth's Biggest Extinction
lava flows, part of the Siberian traps
March 31st, 2014
Microbes may have caused Earth's biggest extinction by producing huge amounts of atmosphere-choking methane, new research suggests.
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