Latest Extinction Stories
It’s not everyday that a young boy makes the discovery of a lifetime. But for Yevgeny Salinder, an 11-year-old boy from Russia, the discovery of a 30,000 year-old fossil was the first find in the region in more than a hundred years.
How did your Monday at work go? Mine was pretty much the same as every Monday. Not so for Brandon Valasik in San Francisco, however.
An international team of scientists, led by North-Eastern Federal University of Russia, have discovered frozen woolly mammoth fragments that could contain living cells deep in Siberia, bringing closer the possibility of cloning the extinct animals.
Sixty-five million years ago, the most studied mass extinction in Earth's history happened and the dinosaurs were wiped off the planet, but a new study indicates that a separate extinction came shortly before that.
Twenty percent of the invertebrate species across the globe -- spineless creatures ranging from earthworms to bees to butterflies to lobsters and beyond -- are facing the possible risk of extinction unless more is done to protect them.
Life in the world’s oceans faces far greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any previous time in human history.
According to new research, when a carnivore becomes extinct, other predatory species could soon tag along.
In the face of a changing climate many species must adapt or perish.
North American freshwater fishes are going extinct at an alarming rate compared with other species.
Keys to survival today differ from those of the past.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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