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Is This Really A Woolly Mammoth?
2012-02-10 12:24:39

A strangely out-of-focus video was released by The Sun this week that shows a lumbering animal walking across a river in Siberia.

Genetic Mixing, Not Extinction, Led To Neanderthals' Demise
2012-02-08 06:07:35

Rather than being physically wiped out, a new study suggests that Neanderthals were likely integrated into the gene pool of early humans after the two groups crossed paths and began interbreeding.

Climate Change Models May Underestimate Extinctions
2012-01-04 05:08:29

Animals and plants could be on a collision course created by climate change, and our current predictions might be underestimating how many will go extinct

2011-12-30 08:00:00

“Bills such as S3061, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, are unnecessary,” says Feline Conservation Federation executive director Lynn Culver.

Scientists Aim To Bring Woolly Mammoth Back To Life
2011-12-06 07:50:15

Well-preserved woolly mammoth bone marrow found in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia may make it possible for scientists from Japan and Russia to clone a mammoth for the first time.

British Butterfly Evolving In Response To Climate Change
2011-11-30 11:38:05

As global temperatures rise and climatic zones move polewards, species will need to find different environments to prevent extinction, according to new research.

A New Model For Understanding Biodiversity
2011-11-22 04:13:06

Animals like foxes and raccoons are highly adaptable. They move around and eat everything from insects to eggs. They and other “generalist feeders” like them may also be crucial to sustaining biological diversity.

Image 1 - Researchers Pinpoint Date, Rate Of Earth's Most Extreme Extinction
2011-11-19 04:34:24

It's well known that Earth's most severe mass extinction occurred about 250 million years ago. What's not well known is the specific time when the extinctions occurred....until now.

Image 1 - Satellites Help With Species Conservation
2011-11-18 04:28:29

Organisms living on small islands are particularly threatened by extinction. However, data are often lacking to objectively assess these threats.


Latest Extinction Reference Libraries

Hawaiian Rail, Porzana sandwichensis
2014-12-09 12:12:23

The Hawaiian Rail (Porzana sandwichensis), known also as the Hawaiian Crake or the Hawaiian Spotted Rail, was a rather enigmatic species of minuscule rail that resided on Big Island of Hawaii, but is currently extinct. A dark form and a lighter form are known. There is considerable confusion by the existence of two distinct forms. While it can’t be completely excluded that early specimens were collected on another island, only O’ahu and Kaua’I seem plausible given the history of...

Waitoreke
2014-02-05 16:37:44

The Waitoreke is a cryptid from New Zealand described as being otter-like. Its name derived from “Wai” is a Maori word for water. The rest of the word has different translations, but the common one is “toreke,” which means to disappear. Together the name could translate into “disappears into water” or another translation is a “disappearing water specter.” The usual description is a small otter-like creature about the size of a cat. It has brownish short fur and short...

Red Rail, Aphanapteryx bonasia
2013-10-02 13:35:50

The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...

Panthera leo spelaea
2012-11-16 15:34:04

Commonly known as the Eurasian cave lion or the European cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is thought to have lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and may have lived in the Balkans in southeastern Europe until 2,000 years ago. The range of this cave lion would have included northwestern North America, Asia, and areas of Europe and would have extended from Germany, Spain, and Great Britain to the Yukon Territory. Its range also extended from Turkistan to...

Short-faced Bear, Arctodus simus
2012-04-27 19:45:45

The short-faced bear is an extinct genus of bears that was native to North America during the Pleistoscene era. Other common names include Arctodus and the bulldog bear. There are two subspecies of the short-faced bear, and one of them, Aroctodus simus, is thought to have been the largest terrestrial mammal on earth. Placed into a group of bears known as running bears or the tremarctine bears, this genus was found in Europe and the Americas. The earliest member of the tremarchtine group,...

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dittany
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.
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