Latest Extinction events Stories
The debate whether dinosaurs went extinct due to a large space rock that struck the Earth over 65 million years ago may have been answered with the discovery of a distinctive brow horn from a Ceratopsian dinosaur just 13 centimeters below the K-T boundary.
According to MIT researchers, new fossils suggest life had a rapid recovery after a global freeze.
The end-Permian extinction, by far the most dramatic biological crisis to affect life on Earth, may not have been as catastrophic for some creatures as previously thought.
The Chicxulub crater in Mexico, the site of the asteroid strike that brought the dinosaurs to extinction 65 million years ago, is among the highlights of ocean drilling projects proposed for the next decade.
Paleobiologists at the University of California at Berkeley are studying the state of biodiversity today using the worldâ€™s mammal species as a barometer.
With the steep decline in populations of many animal species, scientists have warned that Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction like those that have occurred just five times during the past 540 million years.
After a volcanic eruption that occurred around 250 million years ago almost 95 percent of all primitive life living in the ocean and 70 percent of all animals evolving on land were wiped out.
Geologists at Brown University and the University of Washington have a cautionary tale: Lose enough species in the oceans, and the entire ecosystem could collapse.
An influx of invasive species can stop the dominant natural process of new species formation and trigger mass extinction events.
More than 251 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, Earth almost became a lifeless planet.
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