Latest Extinction events Stories
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.
Popular theory suggests that a massive asteroid smashed into Earth around 65 million years ago wiping most life, including the dinosaurs, off the face of the earth. But scientists have found evidence of another planetary cataclysm that occurred some 135 million years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction (CPE) event.
About 635 million years ago, our world was covered in ice during an event called "Snowball Earth," and new details provide a new insight on the duration of this event.
Studying plant diversity in South East Australia and South Africa, researchers have found that extinction may have a greater influence on biodiversity than evolution.
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