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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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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An Asteroid Didn't Wipe Out Ichthyosaurs — So What Did?
Ichthyosaur fossils
July 23rd, 2015
During the dinosaur age, ichthyosaurs — large marine reptiles that look like dolphins — flourished in prehistoric oceans. But as competition in these areas grew, ichthyosaurs lost both territory and species before gradually going extinct, a study finds.
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Fading Florida Panthers Need New Paths to Safety
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June 25th, 2015
Florida panthers are getting a lifeline in newly protected territory, but will it be enough?
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Then There Were 5: Inside the Race to Save the Northern White Rhino
Sudan is the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world.
June 8th, 2015
Only five northern white rhinoceroses are left on Earth. Can reproductive technology save a subspecies driven to near extinction?
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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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Heritage Livestock are Vanishing Across the United States (Photos)
Tennessee Myotonic buck - Chip
July 7th, 2015
Can unique and rare American livestock be saved from extinction?
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Here's More Proof Earth Is in Its 6th Mass Extinction
Giant Panda Mei Xiang
June 19th, 2015
Diverse animals across the globe are slipping away and dying as Earth enters its sixth mass extinction, a new study finds.
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Dwindling Large-Mammal Populations Create Ripple Effects
Cute baby white rhino with its mama.
June 5th, 2015
Without elephants, hippos and rhinos, the world will not be the same.
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