Climate change threatens the birds people love most

"The birds that people find charismatic and lovable are the ones living in the areas being deforested and dried out as the planet warms."

Sarah Cafasso - Stanford • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Ancient creature might’ve been the first to hibernate

New findings suggest that "entering into a hibernation-like state is not a relatively new type of adaptation. It is an ancient one."

James Urton-U. Washington • futurity
Sept. 9, 2020 ~8 min

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First mass extinctions in 13,000 years may be on the way

New research looking at fossil pollen samples serves "as a dire warning about the vulnerability of natural systems to extinction."

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~8 min

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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