Extinction crisis 'poses existential threat to civilisation'

A study presents more evidence that the world is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
June 2, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: biodiversity birds nature animals endangered-species amphibians

World's deepest octopus captured on camera

A "Dumbo" octopus is photographed at a depth of 7,000m in the Indian Ocean's Java Trench.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
May 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: animals oceans

Meet the baby orangutans learning to climb trees

Baby orangutans are learning new skills from their human surrogate parents.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
May 17, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation animals orangutans

The audacious plan that could save a species

With only two northern white rhinos left in the world - both female - extinction seems a certainty.

By Clare Spencer • bbcnews
April 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: conservation animals kenya rhinos

10 years to save 'world’s most threatened sea turtle'

The critically endangered Eastern Pacific leatherback's future looks "dire," say conservationists.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
April 4, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: conservation animals wildlife oceans endangered-species turtles

Peacock spiders show more of their colours

A new batch of these ostentatiously coloured and popular arachnids is described in Australia.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
March 30, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals australia spiders

Plastic: How to predict threats to animals in oceans and rivers

Scientists find out more about the threats of plastic to thousands of fish, whales and other aquatic life.

By Helen Briggs • bbcnews
March 27, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: animals plastic plastic-pollution oceans marine-biology whales

Neanderthals ate sharks and dolphins

Neanderthals were eating fish, mussels and seals at a site in present-day Portugal, according to a new study.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
March 26, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: human-evolution archaeology neanderthals animals dolphins

Fossil worm shows us our evolutionary beginnings

A tiny, 555-million-year-old seafloor creature reveals why our bodies are organised the way they are.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
March 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: evolution geology fossils animals

Mammal study explains 'why females live longer'

Across wild mammal species, females live over 18% longer than males because of genetics and environment.

By Matt McGrath • bbcnews
March 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: genetics conservation gender animals sex

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