Flightless birds were more common before human-driven extinctions – new study

Evolution towards flightlessness has been much more common through history than scientists once thought.

Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology , UCL • conversation
Dec. 2, 2020 ~6 min

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Solve suffering by blowing up the universe? The dubious philosophy of human extinction

Driven by a desire to eliminate pain, some people have shockingly advocated taking the rest of nature with us.

Thomas Moynihan, Researcher, Future of Humanity Institute, University of Oxford • conversation
Nov. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction

For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.

Alessandro Antonello, Senior Research Fellow in History, Flinders University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
Oct. 27, 2020 ~7 min

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Only two northern white rhinos remain, and they're both female – here's how we could make more

By unlocking the full potential of rhino ovaries, we hope to produce enough eggs to revive the northern white rhino in the wild.

Suzannah Williams, Associate Professor in Ovarian Physiology, Lead for Ovarian Cryopreservation and Fertility Preservation Research, Lead of Rhino Fertility Project, University of Oxford • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~6 min

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Biodiversity: where the world is making progress – and where it's not

The world missed all 20 targets for stemming the tide of biodiversity loss. But there has been some progress over the last decade.

Tom Oliver, Professor of Applied Ecology, University of Reading • conversation
Sept. 30, 2020 ~8 min

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'Extinction: The Facts': Attenborough's new documentary is surprisingly radical

A conservation scientist interviewed on the programme says Sir David tells it like it is.

Julia P G Jones, Professor of Conservation Science, Bangor University • conversation
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

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Insect apocalypse? Not so fast, at least in North America

Recent reports of dramatic declines in insect populations have sparked concern about an 'insect apocalypse.' But a new analysis of data from sites across North America suggests the case isn't proven.

Matthew D. Moran, Professor of Biology, Hendrix College • conversation
Aug. 10, 2020 ~9 min

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Why some species thrive after catastrophe – rules for making the most of an apocalypse

When the dinosaurs went extinct, some species took over the world. Adaptability, not survivability, explains why.

Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath • conversation
July 20, 2020 ~9 min

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More people eat frog legs than you think – and humans are harvesting frogs at unsustainable rates

Frogs are harvested as food by the millions every year. A new study shows that uncontrolled frog hunting could drive some populations to extinction by midcentury.

Kerim Çiçek, Associate Professor of Zoology, Ege University • conversation
June 12, 2020 ~8 min

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