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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Ancient Humans Ate Cantaloupe-Size Eggs from 500-Pound Birds
Flightless bird
January 29th, 2016
The burnt eggshell fragments of an ancient giant bird have helped scientists solve a 50,000-year-old whodunit in Australia.
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A Prehistoric Murder Mystery: Earth's Worst Mass Extinctions
Bravaisberget mountain in southern Spitsbergen
November 20th, 2015
They were the worst of times. (Really, the worst.)
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The Rare and Exotic Animals of Russia's Far East (Photos)
Beauty abounds in Russia
September 4th, 2015
The Russian Far East hosts some of the world's most exotic creatures, many represented by just a few hundred remaining animals that exist nowhere else.
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Don't Blame 'Planet Nine' for Earth's Mass Extinctions
Planet Nine: Artist’s Concept
January 26th, 2016
The newly proposed "Planet Nine" probably could not have triggered the comet impacts that some researchers think may be responsible for many of Earth's mass extinction events over the eons, astronomers say.
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Sneezing Monkeys & 'Walking' Fish: Fascinating New Species Discovered
A 'walking' snakehead fish.
October 6th, 2015
Hundreds of new species have been discovered in the Himalayas in recent years, but many face danger as climate change and overdevelopment alter their habitats.
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60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why
dead saigas
September 2nd, 2015
Researchers are just beginning to untangle the mystery of why more than half of Kazakhstan's critically endangered saigas died off in a few weeks in late May.
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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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Dino-Killing Asteroid Impact Triggered Lethal Algal Bloom
asteroid impact
December 14th, 2015
The asteroid that killed the nonavian dinosaurs may have also killed countless marine animals after it triggered a worldwide algal bloom, a new study finds.
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'Doomsday' Seed Vault: The Science Behind World's Arctic Storage Cube
September 24th, 2015
The ongoing civil war in Syria has led to the first-ever withdrawal from the Svalbard "doomsday" Global Seed Vault.
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Photos: A Mass Die-off of the Endangered Saiga Antelope
dead saigas
September 2nd, 2015
Researchers are just beginning to untangle the mystery of why more than half of Kazakhstan's critically endangered saigas died off in a few weeks in late May.
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