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Mail Online
2 months ago
OMG science

Study reveals why humans outlived Neanderthals

Humans provided prolonged childcare to offspring, potentially contributing to the extinction of Neanderthals. [ more ]
Bitcoin Magazine - Bitcoin News, Articles and Expert Insights
2 months ago
Cryptocurrency

Snore of Value: Bitcoin's Sleepwalk Towards Stasis

Evolution is a reactive process and can lead to extinction if rapid changes occur. [ more ]
www.npr.org
3 months ago
Science

Ancient predatory worms have scientists rethinking the history of life on Earth : Short Wave

Predatory worms with unique features lived in the water 500 million years ago, surprising researchers by resurfacing in the fossil record after a supposed extinction. [ more ]
#climate-change
Boston.com
4 months ago
OMG science

'It seemed crazy:' Whale species extinct in the Atlantic spotted off the coast of Nantucket

Climate change effects evident in whale presence
Gray whales presence in Atlantic linked to climate change [ more ]
Axios
5 months ago
OMG science

UN: Nearly half of migratory species are in decline as global extinction risks rise

More than a fifth of migratory species are threatened with extinction, with habitat loss and overexploitation being the biggest threats.
97% of listed migratory fish are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and invasive species. [ more ]
www.france24.com
5 months ago
OMG science

One in five migratory species faces extinction, UN report warns

One in five migratory species is threatened with extinction and 44% are seeing their populations decline.
Humans are the main cause of the threats to migratory species, through habitat destruction, hunting, pollution, and climate change. [ more ]
Axios
6 months ago
OMG science

How the largest primate to roam Earth vanished

Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest known primate, went extinct between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago due to its inability to adapt to a changing climate.
The changing climate led to a reduction in the availability of fruit, the main food source for Gigantopithecus, causing them to turn to less nutritious fallback foods.
The dietary changes resulted in reduced mobility and foraging range, leading to a decline in population and eventual extinction. [ more ]
www.vice.com
6 months ago
OMG science

Elephant-Sized Apes That Once Roamed the Land Mysteriously Vanished. Now, Scientists Have an Answer.

Giant apes the size of elephants called Gigantopithecus blacki went extinct between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago due to their inability to adapt to a rapidly-changing climate.
This new study published in Nature used multiple techniques to study fossils and other evidence from cave sites in China to solve the long-standing mystery of the apes' demise. [ more ]
www.nytimes.com
7 months ago
Environment

A Quarter of Freshwater Fish Are at Risk of Extinction, a New Assessment Finds

A quarter of the world's freshwater fish are at risk of extinction, according to a comprehensive assessment by the IUCN.
Pollution and dams and water extraction are the biggest threats to freshwater fish. [ more ]
Boston.com
4 months ago
OMG science

'It seemed crazy:' Whale species extinct in the Atlantic spotted off the coast of Nantucket

Climate change effects evident in whale presence
Gray whales presence in Atlantic linked to climate change [ more ]
Axios
5 months ago
OMG science

UN: Nearly half of migratory species are in decline as global extinction risks rise

More than a fifth of migratory species are threatened with extinction, with habitat loss and overexploitation being the biggest threats.
97% of listed migratory fish are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss and overexploitation, climate change, pollution, and invasive species. [ more ]
www.france24.com
5 months ago
OMG science

One in five migratory species faces extinction, UN report warns

One in five migratory species is threatened with extinction and 44% are seeing their populations decline.
Humans are the main cause of the threats to migratory species, through habitat destruction, hunting, pollution, and climate change. [ more ]
Axios
6 months ago
OMG science

How the largest primate to roam Earth vanished

Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest known primate, went extinct between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago due to its inability to adapt to a changing climate.
The changing climate led to a reduction in the availability of fruit, the main food source for Gigantopithecus, causing them to turn to less nutritious fallback foods.
The dietary changes resulted in reduced mobility and foraging range, leading to a decline in population and eventual extinction. [ more ]
www.vice.com
6 months ago
OMG science

Elephant-Sized Apes That Once Roamed the Land Mysteriously Vanished. Now, Scientists Have an Answer.

Giant apes the size of elephants called Gigantopithecus blacki went extinct between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago due to their inability to adapt to a rapidly-changing climate.
This new study published in Nature used multiple techniques to study fossils and other evidence from cave sites in China to solve the long-standing mystery of the apes' demise. [ more ]
www.nytimes.com
7 months ago
Environment

A Quarter of Freshwater Fish Are at Risk of Extinction, a New Assessment Finds

A quarter of the world's freshwater fish are at risk of extinction, according to a comprehensive assessment by the IUCN.
Pollution and dams and water extraction are the biggest threats to freshwater fish. [ more ]
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#camembert
www.vox.com
5 months ago
Food & drink

Beware: A cheese crisis looms

Camembert is on the verge of extinction due to a collapse in microbial diversity
The genetic diversity of some microbes in famous French cheeses has declined [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
France news

Think Emmanuel Macron has problems? Wait until the French find out about the existential threat to camembert | Emma Beddington

Camembert cheese is facing potential extinction due to a lack of genetic diversity in the bacteria required for its production.
The industrial cheesemaking process has led to the reliance on a single strain of bacteria that cannot reproduce with other strains. [ more ]
www.vox.com
5 months ago
Food & drink

Beware: A cheese crisis looms

Camembert is on the verge of extinction due to a collapse in microbial diversity
The genetic diversity of some microbes in famous French cheeses has declined [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
France news

Think Emmanuel Macron has problems? Wait until the French find out about the existential threat to camembert | Emma Beddington

Camembert cheese is facing potential extinction due to a lack of genetic diversity in the bacteria required for its production.
The industrial cheesemaking process has led to the reliance on a single strain of bacteria that cannot reproduce with other strains. [ more ]
morecamembert
#migratory-species
The Verge
5 months ago
OMG science

The threat of extinction is getting worse for migratory animals

More than one in five migratory species are at risk of extinction.
Human activity is the main cause of the decline in migratory species populations. [ more ]
Ars Technica
5 months ago
OMG science

Half of migratory species face extinction due to human activities

Humans are driving migratory animals towards extinction.
Nearly half of the listed migratory species are experiencing population decline. [ more ]
Mail Online
5 months ago
OMG science

Earth on track for mass extinction? 20% of migratory animals at risk

22% of migratory species are threatened with extinction, and almost half are declining in numbers
Overexploitation and habitat loss are the biggest threats to migratory species, caused by human activity [ more ]
www.dw.com
5 months ago
OMG science

Migratory wildlife in shocking decline, UN report reveals DW 02/12/2024

Nearly half of the species listed under the convention are experiencing population declines, and 97% of fish species are threatened with extinction.
Habitat loss and overexploitation are the biggest threats to migratory species. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
OMG science

From turtles to fruit bats, migratory species increasingly under threat, says UN

More than a fifth of migratory species under international protection are threatened with extinction.
97% of sharks, rays, and sturgeons on the list are facing a high risk of extinction. [ more ]
The Verge
5 months ago
OMG science

The threat of extinction is getting worse for migratory animals

More than one in five migratory species are at risk of extinction.
Human activity is the main cause of the decline in migratory species populations. [ more ]
Ars Technica
5 months ago
OMG science

Half of migratory species face extinction due to human activities

Humans are driving migratory animals towards extinction.
Nearly half of the listed migratory species are experiencing population decline. [ more ]
Mail Online
5 months ago
OMG science

Earth on track for mass extinction? 20% of migratory animals at risk

22% of migratory species are threatened with extinction, and almost half are declining in numbers
Overexploitation and habitat loss are the biggest threats to migratory species, caused by human activity [ more ]
www.dw.com
5 months ago
OMG science

Migratory wildlife in shocking decline, UN report reveals DW 02/12/2024

Nearly half of the species listed under the convention are experiencing population declines, and 97% of fish species are threatened with extinction.
Habitat loss and overexploitation are the biggest threats to migratory species. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
5 months ago
OMG science

From turtles to fruit bats, migratory species increasingly under threat, says UN

More than a fifth of migratory species under international protection are threatened with extinction.
97% of sharks, rays, and sturgeons on the list are facing a high risk of extinction. [ more ]
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#dinosaurs
Inverse
5 months ago
OMG science

Scientists Just Discovered a Second "Chicken from Hell" Dinosaur - And Reopened a Major Debate

Debate has persisted for years about whether dinosaurs were already declining before the asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago.
Some argue that a perceived decrease in dinosaur diversity may be due to biases in fossil preservation and accessibility. [ more ]
Mail Online
7 months ago
OMG science

Asteroid or supervolcano? New study says both wiped out the dinosaurs

Repeated volcanic winters weakened the dinosaurs for 200,000 years before their extinction.
The Chicxulub meteor impact delivered the final blow to the dinosaurs.
The study supports the 'press-pulse extinction model' and provides clarity on the debate over the cause of dinosaur extinction. [ more ]
Inverse
5 months ago
OMG science

Scientists Just Discovered a Second "Chicken from Hell" Dinosaur - And Reopened a Major Debate

Debate has persisted for years about whether dinosaurs were already declining before the asteroid hit Earth 66 million years ago.
Some argue that a perceived decrease in dinosaur diversity may be due to biases in fossil preservation and accessibility. [ more ]
Mail Online
7 months ago
OMG science

Asteroid or supervolcano? New study says both wiped out the dinosaurs

Repeated volcanic winters weakened the dinosaurs for 200,000 years before their extinction.
The Chicxulub meteor impact delivered the final blow to the dinosaurs.
The study supports the 'press-pulse extinction model' and provides clarity on the debate over the cause of dinosaur extinction. [ more ]
moredinosaurs
www.npr.org
5 months ago
Science

That giant extinct shark, Megalodon? Maybe it wasn't so mega

Scientists are studying the Megalodon to understand its biology and the role large carnivores play in marine ecosystems.
New research suggests that the Megalodon may have been more slender than previously thought, which would alter our understanding of its behavior and impact on the ocean ecosystem. [ more ]
Mail Online
6 months ago
OMG science

Kew Gardens reveals its top 10 plants and fungi discovered in 2023

Scientists from Kew Gardens discovered 74 plants and 15 fungi new to science last year.
At least one of these species is already extinct. [ more ]
#biodiversity
BBC News
6 months ago
OMG science

Mysterious plants and fungi named new to science

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered 74 new plants and 15 fungi last year.
Many of the new species were found in unlikely places, highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
6 months ago
OMG science

Tree that lives underground among newly named plant species

New plant species include trees and a palm that live underground
Scientists are in a race against time to discover and name new species before they go extinct [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
8 months ago
Scala

From beloved pet to biodiversity villain: what now for Australia's cats?

Trevor Bauer works to eradicate feral cats in Australia's wildlife conservancies but also owns a pet cat.
Cats are a leading threat to biodiversity in Australia, causing the extinction of native species.
The majority of Australia's 5 million pet cats are allowed to roam and pose a threat to wildlife. [ more ]
Mail Online
4 weeks ago
OMG science

Scientists say 'sixth great extinction' is preventable if we act now

To prevent mass extinction, prioritizing 1.2% of land can save 75% of plant and animal species. [ more ]
BBC News
6 months ago
OMG science

Mysterious plants and fungi named new to science

Scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, discovered 74 new plants and 15 fungi last year.
Many of the new species were found in unlikely places, highlighting the importance of protecting biodiversity. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
6 months ago
OMG science

Tree that lives underground among newly named plant species

New plant species include trees and a palm that live underground
Scientists are in a race against time to discover and name new species before they go extinct [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
8 months ago
Scala

From beloved pet to biodiversity villain: what now for Australia's cats?

Trevor Bauer works to eradicate feral cats in Australia's wildlife conservancies but also owns a pet cat.
Cats are a leading threat to biodiversity in Australia, causing the extinction of native species.
The majority of Australia's 5 million pet cats are allowed to roam and pose a threat to wildlife. [ more ]
Mail Online
4 weeks ago
OMG science

Scientists say 'sixth great extinction' is preventable if we act now

To prevent mass extinction, prioritizing 1.2% of land can save 75% of plant and animal species. [ more ]
morebiodiversity
#gigantopithecus-blacki
english.elpais.com
6 months ago
OMG science

How the gigantopithecus, the largest ape that ever walked on Earth, became extinct

Giant ape Gigantopithecus blacki disappeared between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago, according to a new study.
Dating the extinction of a species is crucial in understanding the causes of their disappearance. [ more ]
www.scientificamerican.com
6 months ago
OMG science

What Killed the Largest Known Ape Species Ever?

Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest known primate, went extinct due to a change in its forest habitat and a lack of nutritious food.
The extinction of Gigantopithecus blacki occurred earlier than previously thought, before the forest thinned out and in response to a changing plant community. [ more ]
english.elpais.com
6 months ago
OMG science

How the gigantopithecus, the largest ape that ever walked on Earth, became extinct

Giant ape Gigantopithecus blacki disappeared between 295,000 and 215,000 years ago, according to a new study.
Dating the extinction of a species is crucial in understanding the causes of their disappearance. [ more ]
www.scientificamerican.com
6 months ago
OMG science

What Killed the Largest Known Ape Species Ever?

Gigantopithecus blacki, the largest known primate, went extinct due to a change in its forest habitat and a lack of nutritious food.
The extinction of Gigantopithecus blacki occurred earlier than previously thought, before the forest thinned out and in response to a changing plant community. [ more ]
moregigantopithecus-blacki
The Atlantic
6 months ago
Chicago Bears

California Grizzlies Got More Carnivorous. Blame Humans.

Before Europeans arrived, California grizzlies had a vegan diet.
Newspapers portrayed California grizzlies as meat-loving monsters, leading to their extinction. [ more ]
Hcn
7 months ago
Environment

The Endangered Species Act by the numbers

The Endangered Species Act has protected over 1,600 species and prevented an estimated 291 extinctions since its passage in 1973.
The law has been consistently underfunded and attacked by industry, leading to the extinction of some species even after ESA listing. [ more ]
www.npr.org
7 months ago
Environment

U.S. moves to protect wolverines as climate change melts their mountain refuges

The North American wolverine will receive threatened species protections due to climate change.
Wolverines rely on mountain snowpack, which is shrinking due to warming temperatures.
Wolverines join other animals at risk from climate change, including polar bears and crocodiles. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
7 months ago
Environment

A biodiversity catastrophe': how the world could look in 2050 unless we act now

Continued destruction of nature can result in major shocks to food supplies and safe water.
Inaction on biodiversity loss may lead to extinctions, invasive species, plastic pollution, and disappearing forests.
Conservation efforts are facing opposition due to culture wars in many countries. [ more ]
Mail Online
1 month ago
OMG science

Experts find rare skull of Australia's 50,000-year-old 'giant goose'

Unearthed skull reveals appearance of ancient 'mega-bird' Genyornis newtoni. [ more ]
#inbreeding
Inverse
3 weeks ago
OMG science

4000 Years After Woolly Mammoths Went Extinct, We Might Finally Know Why

Deciphering the genome of the Wrangel Island mammoth reveals it wasn't genetically destined for extinction despite inbreeding challenges. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
3 weeks ago
OMG science

Freak event probably killed last woolly mammoths, scientists say

Genetic analysis indicates a possible freak event, not inbreeding, led to the extinction of the last woolly mammoths on a remote Arctic island 4,000 years ago. [ more ]
Inverse
3 weeks ago
OMG science

4000 Years After Woolly Mammoths Went Extinct, We Might Finally Know Why

Deciphering the genome of the Wrangel Island mammoth reveals it wasn't genetically destined for extinction despite inbreeding challenges. [ more ]
www.theguardian.com
3 weeks ago
OMG science

Freak event probably killed last woolly mammoths, scientists say

Genetic analysis indicates a possible freak event, not inbreeding, led to the extinction of the last woolly mammoths on a remote Arctic island 4,000 years ago. [ more ]
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Ars Technica
3 weeks ago
OMG science

Last population of mammoths survived a severe population bottleneck

The study challenges the belief that Wrangel Island mammoths went extinct due to inbreeding and genetic defects. [ more ]
english.elpais.com
3 weeks ago
OMG science

The mystery of the last mammoths: Neither the climate, nor human hunting nor genetics explain their extinction

The study of the woolly mammoth genome from Wrangel Island provides insights into their population growth and eventual mysterious extinction. [ more ]
www.nytimes.com
3 weeks ago
OMG science

The Last Stand of the Woolly Mammoths

Mammoths survived on Wrangel Island for thousands of years, founded by a small herd but ultimately went extinct due to genetic disorders and inbreeding risks. [ more ]
Cornell Chronicle
1 month ago
OMG science

'Lost' birds list will aid in protecting species | Cornell Chronicle

Scientists release first comprehensive list of 'lost' birds not documented in over a decade. [ more ]
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