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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Massive Lava Flows Linked to Dinosaur-Killing Impact
Deccan Traps
May 5th, 2015
The Chicxulub meteor impact 66 million years ago may have triggered a magnitude-11 earthquake that shook loose massive amounts of lava in India.
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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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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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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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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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