Teaser: A re-examination of the fossil record has produced a new theory of the super-fish's demise.
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George the snail won't be leaving any more silvery trails in his wake. The 14-year-old champ — the last known snail of his species — died in captivity on New Year's Day, 2019.
Colombian researchers hope to revive an endangered species by rehabilitating monkeys confiscated from smugglers. The captive animals' struggles show that survival is not guaranteed.
A lack of new babies for endangered Northern Atlantic right whales makes their future even more uncertain.
A species of tiny, adorable marsupial that scientists thought had been extinct for more than 100 years has re-emerged in New South Wales, Australia.
A man hunting for mammoth tusks in Eastern Siberia came across an unexpected find in the permafrost: the mummy of a cat that lived during the last ice age.
A Russian man hunting for mammoth tusks in Eastern Siberia made an unexpected discovery in September: the incredibly furry, slightly squished mummy of a cat from the last ice age.
Are we facing insect Armageddon? A recent study found that German nature reserves have seen a 75 percent reduction in flying insects over the last 27 years.
A sixth mass extinction could be triggered by sharp increases in carbon dioxide by 2100, one new study suggests.
The dinosaur-killing asteroid that collided with Earth about 65.5 million years ago plunged the planet into a darkness that lasted nearly two years, a new study finds.
The eight-legged micro-animal called a tardigrade could survive nearly all the way until the death of the sun, a new study suggests — long after humans are history.
Nearly a third of the world's largest ocean species may have died during what researchers are calling the Pliocene marine megafauna extinction, which occurred 2-3 million years ago.