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Sep

Can humanizing animals help us save them?
By attributing human characteristics to animals — what’s known as anthropomorphism — we’re more likely to empathize with them, which can have both negative and positive effects on the species.

27

Aug

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts usThe birds once flocked by the billions in eastern North America, but now they’re just a memory. The last one died Sept. 1, 1914, making this Sept. 1 the 100th anniversary of the species’ extinction.

100 years later, the passenger pigeon still haunts us
The birds once flocked by the billions in eastern North America, but now they’re just a memory. The last one died Sept. 1, 1914, making this Sept. 1 the 100th anniversary of the species’ extinction.

13

Aug

Amazon’s biggest fish faces threat of extinction

Fishing regulations, from the types of net to catch sizes, have had considerable impact on the arapaima’s population

Amazon’s biggest fish faces threat of extinction

Fishing regulations, from the types of net to catch sizes, have had considerable impact on the arapaima’s population

05

Jun

Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sightingA bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

Extinct bat rediscovered after 120 years without a sighting
A bat species thought to be long extinct has been caught by researchers in Papua New Guinea, over a century after the first and only specimens were collected.

26

Mar

Newly discovered beautiful snail species on the brink of extinctionThe snails live only on a few rare limestone hills in Southeast Asia, and these hills are under threat from cement companies.

Newly discovered beautiful snail species on the brink of extinction
The snails live only on a few rare limestone hills in Southeast Asia, and these hills are under threat from cement companies.

18

Mar

Remembering the passenger pigeon, 100 years laterThe Harvard Museum of Natural History has opened an exhibit in hopes of reminding the public of this cautionary tale.

Remembering the passenger pigeon, 100 years later
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has opened an exhibit in hopes of reminding the public of this cautionary tale.

05

Mar

How to decide which extinct species should be resurrectedWhile not as cool as bringing dinosaurs back from extinction, some scientists are suggesting that certain butterflies and pigeons could return.

How to decide which extinct species should be resurrected
While not as cool as bringing dinosaurs back from extinction, some scientists are suggesting that certain butterflies and pigeons could return.

24

Feb

Leaping lemurs! Habitat crisis prompts calls to actionConservationists say these eccentric primates are on the brink of extinction as their treetop homes are threatened by the illegal hardwood trade and forest burning for crops.

Leaping lemurs! Habitat crisis prompts calls to action
Conservationists say these eccentric primates are on the brink of extinction as their treetop homes are threatened by the illegal hardwood trade and forest burning for crops.

10

Feb

Rats will thrive after next mass extinction (and they’ll get bigger too)From apartment building basements to swamps and forests, rats have managed to find ways to cope in a wide range of conditions and habitats on Earth.

Rats will thrive after next mass extinction (and they’ll get bigger too)
From apartment building basements to swamps and forests, rats have managed to find ways to cope in a wide range of conditions and habitats on Earth.

10

Oct

Debating the dodo: Extinction date challenged by journalsThe flightless bird is thought to have gone extinct by 1662, but one geologist has discovered observations that may challenge that extinction date.

Debating the dodo: Extinction date challenged by journals
The flightless bird is thought to have gone extinct by 1662, but one geologist has discovered observations that may challenge that extinction date.