Caribbean islands hosted plenty of diverse mammal life — until humans showed up 6,000 years ago.
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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.
If scientists could resurrect extinct animals — such as the dodo, Columbian mammoth or Tasmanian tiger — should these animals have different names that distinguish them from the original species?
The species, which haven't been seen for years or decades, include pink-headed ducks, red-thighed monkeys and a seahorse no one's ever seen in the wild.
If humans were to go extinct, would it be ethical to revive the species, to allow us to live once more on this blue planet?
Sponges may be simple creatures, but they basically ruled the world some 445 million years ago, after the Ordovician mass extinction, a new study finds.
Fossilized bones riddled with enormous shark bite marks reveal the mega shark's main prey and why Megalodon went extinct.
The woolly mammoth, a cousin of today's elephants, died out about 10,000 years ago. It may be possible to bring them back by cloning, but should we?