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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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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Amazon's Biggest Fish Faces Threat of Extinction
Arapaima Fish
August 12th, 2014
Measuring 10 feet long and weighing in at more than 400 pounds, it's hard to imagine that the arapaima, the largest fish in the Amazon River basin, could ever go missing. But these huge fish are quickly disappearing from Brazilian waterways.
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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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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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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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Could Dinosaurs Have Survived the Impact that Killed Them?
asteroid impact illustration
July 27th, 2014
The space rock that wiped out most of the dinosaurs may have had a colossal case of bad timing. If the impact had occurred a few million years earlier or later, more of the majestic beasts may have survived, scientists say.
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