Latest Extinction events Stories
At the end of the Permian period, approximately 250 million years ago, a mass extinction occurred that was so severe it remains the most traumatic known species die-off in Earth's history.
The integration of Pangea that began during the early Permian period may have caused the environment to deteriorate, playing a role in the mass extinction event that occurred 250 million years ago.
New research from the University of Copenhagen and University of British Columbia (UBC) has revealed that oxygen appeared 700 million years earlier than we previously thought. The findings, published in the journal Nature, raises new questions about the evolution of early life.
Mass extinction certainly sounds like it would be the end of the line, and perhaps even evoke images of the end of the world. However, new research suggests that the end can also be the beginning.
A new study examines how a group of ancient mammalian relatives coped with a mass extinction event in the prehistoric past as a way to glimpse into the potential future.
A meteor from 470-million-years-ago lies buried several hundred feet beneath the town of Decorah, Iowa, according to an airborne geophysical survey reported in EARTH Magazine.
Although scientists have known since the middle of the 19th century that the tropics are teeming with species while the poles harbor relatively few, the origin of the most dramatic and pervasive biodiversity on Earth has never been clear.
Approximately 252 million years ago, during the world’s largest mass extinction event, nine out of ten species vanished from the planet. Scientists now believe this may have made space for dinosaurs' earliest forerunners.
Researchers claim to have uncovered new evidence supporting the notion that a Manhattan-sized asteroid collided with the Earth some 66 million years ago, triggering a global firestorm that would have led to the extinction of 80 percent of the planet’s species.
According to Jason Moore from Dartmouth College, who presented a study at the 44th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, evidence from the Chicxulub crater suggests there are possibilities beyond an asteroid impact.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.