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March 8, 2017

 

A cheetah family of five lounges in the sun at the Smithsonian National Zoo

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

Cheetahs have survived devastating climate change and a resulting genetic bottleneck.

March 1, 2017

 

Four statues of mastodons, pygmy mammoths, and modern elephants lined up to show size differences.

Death By Thirst: Last Of The Woolly Mammoths

The Wooly mammoth population on St. Paul Island became extinct approximately 5,000 years later than the Wooly mammoths of mainland Alaska.

February 21, 2017

 

A female Rufous Hummingbird with its beak inside a bright pink flower. The photo has captured a moment where the bird looks completely still, except for its blurred wings.

Coextinction

Coextinction is an important consideration in conservation efforts.

September 29, 2016

 

A mosquito fossilized in Amber

Insects May Have Killed Dinosaurs

Malaria has existed in insects for at least 100 million years.

September 23, 2016

 

assorted insects on a white board

A World Without Insects

A world without them might not be as nice as we might think...

April 19, 2016

 

Capybara

The Largest Rodent

Archaeologists discover the fossil of a monstrous rodent that lived eight million years ago.

January 27, 2016

 

Fish net

Human Beings: Superpredators?

Technology enables humans to kill prey faster than they can replenish their population, putting many species at risk of extinction.

May 18, 2015

 

biodiversity exhibit

Declining Biodiversity—Is Earth Dying?

Human behavior is placing at least a third of Earth's species at risk of extinction.

August 23, 2014

 

Indiana bats hibernating in a crevice.

The Bugs Will Love This

Research suggests White Nose Syndrome in bats will have bleak ecological and economic consequences.

July 31, 2014

 

Cave painting of a hunter spearing a wooly mammoth

Inbred Mammoths

Did climate change wipe out the wooly mammoth? The fossil record may tell a different story of the mammoth's demise.

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