Extinctions in next 20 years may near 20th-century total

"What we do to deal with the current extinction crisis in the next two decades will define the fate of millions of species."

Lindsay Filgas-Stanford • futurity
June 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change conservation covid-19 extinction endangered-species featured earth-and-environment

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Loss of predators make it harder for prey to adapt

When predators die off, their prey may have trouble adapting to future environments. That could have serious consequences for ecosystems.

U. Zurich • futurity
May 12, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution extinction parasites earth-and-environment predators

Do scientists build ‘trees of life’ with faulty methods?

Long-used approaches for reconstructing evolutionary paths, or "trees of life," are deeply flawed, say researchers in a new paper.

Jim Barlow-Oregon • futurity
April 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution extinction fossils new-species science-and-technology

Volcanic CO2 emissions triggered Triassic extinction

201 million year ago, climate change wiped out nearly half of the species on Earth. New research shows volcanic CO2 emissions played a direct role.

Shirley Cardenas-McGill • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction carbon-dioxide volcanoes earth-and-environment

Blame foxes for decline of the ‘world’s happiest animal’

The decline of quokkas in Australia has been somewhat of a mystery, but resarcehers have a suspect. Invasive species, and foxes in particular.

Vanderbilt U. • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: climate-change extinction endangered-species invasive-species earth-and-environment predators marsupials

Innovative birds have lower risk of extinction

Birds who can innovate in how they forage for food face lower risk of extinction, research finds.

McGill University • futurity
April 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change conservation birds extinction earth-and-environment

Did cave bear sinuses drive them to extinction?

A new hypothesis may clarify how European cave bears went extinct. The bears may not have been able to change their diets because of their sinuses.

Ellen Goldbaum-Buffalo • futurity
April 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: extinction science-and-technology skulls hibernation

Ocean giants had an edge in the deep past

Macroevolutionary forces gave larger sea creatures lower extinction risk, an analysis of 251,124 fossil records shows.

Stanford • futurity
Feb. 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: extinction fossils oceans science-and-technology

Vanishing snakes highlight the biodiversity crisis

After frogs in protected area of Panama died off en masse, the snakes that ate them began to disappear, too. It shows the extent of our "biodiversity crisis."

Layne Cameron-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation biodiversity extinction snakes amphibians earth-and-environment predators

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