Climate change threatens a scary number of plant species

The largest dataset on botanical biodiversity ever created shows a high number of land plants are super rare and in places under threat from climate change.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona | Dec. 5, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change extinction plants

Did disease buy time before Neanderthal extinction?

A new theory about Neanderthal extinction points to disease transmission as the culprit—both for their end, and for why it came about so slowly.

Ker Than-Stanford | Nov. 11, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: society-and-culture early-humans extinction immune-systems neanderthals

Fossils show life’s recovery after dino-killing asteroid strike

"These fossils tell us for the first time how exactly our planet recovered from this global cataclysm."

U. Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids dinosaurs extinction fossils mammals plants

South Atlantic humpback whales make a comeback

After a near miss with extinction, a population of South Atlantic humpback whales is on the rise.

U. Washington | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment conservation extinction oceans whales

How to predict extinction in our extreme ‘new normal’

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more severe, and more widespread. A new model predicts extinction risk for species in these conditions.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Oct. 4, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change extinction natural-disasters prediction

What will the overhauled Endangered Species Act do?

Big changes are coming for the Endangered Species Act. A biologist and a legal expert explain the changes and their implications.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Sept. 27, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation endangered-species extinction land laws money united-states

Asteroid crater sheds light on first day of dinosaur extinction

"It was a momentous day in the history of life, and this is a very clear documentation of what happened at ground zero..."

Monica Kortsha-Texas | Sept. 17, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology asteroids dinosaurs extinction

When the Norse settled Iceland, its walrus disappeared

Icelandic Medieval literature, in addition to ancient DNA and carbon dating, tell the likely story of how Iceland lost its unique walrus population.

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen | Sept. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment extinction history hunting iceland oceans

Mass extinction from 260 million years ago brings the total to 6

A previously underestimated extinction event actually reaches the level of one of only six mass extinctions in geologic history, researchers say.

James Devitt-NYU | Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology early-earth extinction volcanoes

‘Extinct’ deer might still be alive today

Considered extinct since 1938, there's evidence that Schomburgk's deer could still be alive today.

Amanda Morris-Northwestern | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment deer extinction thailand

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