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September 19, 2019

 

The Extinction Crisis

According to many scientists, we are in the midst of a major mass extinction catastrophe right now. In 2019 a United Nations backed scientific panel concluded that the rate of species extinctions happening right now is already tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past ten million years.

April 19, 2017

 

Europe would look very different is the continents had not separated!

When Continents Collide: The History Of Our Planet

It was one of the Earth's momentous times. Continents collided. Volcanoes erupted. Ocean currents shifted. Species ran amok.

March 8, 2017

 

These look-a-like cheetahs show off their spots for a family portrait.

Cheetahs Cut from the Same Cloth

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

March 1, 2017

 

An image from the Boston Museum of Science's exhibit, Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age

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

 

If hummingbirds were to go extinct, several other species would be effected.

Coextinction

Coextinction is an important consideration in conservation efforts.

September 29, 2016

 

Scientists discovered a type of malaria in a twenty million year old mosquito fossil from the Dominican Republic preserved in amber.

Insects May Have Killed Dinosaurs

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

September 23, 2016

 

Insects. They're yuck to humans but yum to other animals.

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

 

Humans have a higher impact on the oceans today from commercial-scale fishing.

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

 

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Declining Biodiversity—Is Earth Dying?

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

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