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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.

07

Oct

treehugger:

Illustrator Samantha Dempsey wanted to bring attention to the un-charismatic creatures that have gone extinct. She created species empathy tattoos, which are temporary tattoos to honor animals that have disappeared.

26

Aug

How biotechnology could revive extinct animalsResearchers are setting their sights to resurrecting passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths, but would it do more harm than good?

How biotechnology could revive extinct animals
Researchers are setting their sights to resurrecting passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths, but would it do more harm than good?

03

Aug

Once-extinct horse species welcomes new fillyFour decades after the Przewalski’s horse vanished from the wild, scientists are calling the recent birth of a foal by artificial insemination ‘a huge breakthrough.’

Once-extinct horse species welcomes new filly
Four decades after the Przewalski’s horse vanished from the wild, scientists are calling the recent birth of a foal by artificial insemination ‘a huge breakthrough.’

29

Mar

Photo of the day: Massive egg of extinct flightless bird up for auction
James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie’s auction house, holds up a complete sub-fossilized elephant bird egg on March 27 in London, England.

The elephant bird egg, which is about 100 times the size of an average chicken egg, is expected to fetch up to $45,000 when it is auctioned off in Christie’s “Travel, Science and Natural History” sale on April 24.

Photo of the day: Massive egg of extinct flightless bird up for auction

James Hyslop, a Scientific Specialist at Christie’s auction house, holds up a complete sub-fossilized elephant bird egg on March 27 in London, England.

The elephant bird egg, which is about 100 times the size of an average chicken egg, is expected to fetch up to $45,000 when it is auctioned off in Christie’s “Travel, Science and Natural History” sale on April 24.