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Extinct Animals

What Does St. Francis of Assisi Have to Say to Us Today

Rev. Bonnie A. Perry | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Bonnie A. Perry

According to the UN Environment Programme, we are in the midst of a massive extinction, with species rapidly dying out. Not since the loss of the dinosaurs have we had an extinction happening at this alarming rate.

The Pesky Problem With Mammoth Clones

Carl Pettit | Posted 09.29.2015 | Comedy
Carl Pettit

Our long-lost friends the mammoths could very well suffer "de-extinction" and begin repopulating certain parts of the planet again. That's good news for mammoths, I guess, but not such great news for the female elephants forced to act as mammoth-hybrid surrogates.

Earth Has Entered First 'Mass Extinction' Since Dinosaurs, Study Warns

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.23.2015 | Green

The Earth has entered its sixth mass extinction phase, a new study warns, and the time we have to avoid dramatic consequences is rapidly running out. ...

New Species Of 'Terror Bird' Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.11.2015 | Science

An army of huge carnivorous "terror birds" -- some as big as 10 feet tall -- ruled South America for tens of millions of years before going extinct so...

Bonanza Of Ancient Crocs Unearthed Overseas

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.25.2015 | Science

Talk about a crocodile paradise. Scientists examining fossil outcrops in northeastern Peru near the city of Iquitos were stunned to discover the fo...

Survival For Some Endangered Species Hinges On 'Frozen Zoo'

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm ...

Artist Brings Extinct Animals Back To Life In Mesmerizing Drawings

Giuseppe Fantasia | Posted 01.22.2015 | Arts
Giuseppe Fantasia

Arianna Papini uses whimsical drawings to tell the stories of twenty extinct animals, from their origins to their disappearances.

Jacqueline Howard

These 5 Prehistoric Mammals Were Pretty Monstrous | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 12.24.2014 | Science

There's no doubt bunnies, piglets, and even squirrels are cute and cuddly -- but it turns out that some of their prehistoric ancestors and relatives w...

'Buttercup' Blood Brings Cloning Effort One Step Closer

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 11.24.2014 | Science

Scientists are one step closer to cloning a woolly mammoth, thanks to the results of a new autopsy conducted on a remarkably preserved specimen of the...

The Year of the Passenger Pigeon

Errol Fuller | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
Errol Fuller

The year of the Passenger Pigeon is fast coming to its end and the publicity generated by a variety of focus groups has resulted in the species becoming almost as familiar an icon of extinction as the Dodo.

The Passenger Pigeon's Everlasting Mark: America's Most Infamous Extinction

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Jamie Rappaport Clark

We rarely know the exact date and time an entire species goes extinct, but in the case of the passenger pigeon, we do. Martha, the very last of her species, took her final breath at the Cincinnati Zoo on September 1st 1914, marking the end of a species that was once the most abundant in North America. This was America's first infamous extinction.

Spiral-Tusked Beast Was Part Of The Real Paleo Diet

LiveScience | Becky Oskin | Posted 07.14.2014 | Science

There's a new mega-mammal on the menu of America's first hunters. On a ranch in northwestern Sonora, Mexico, archaeologists have discovered 13,400-y...

Scientists Unearth Enormous Prehistoric Croc

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.05.2014 | Science

It was 16 feet (4.8 meters) long and tipped the scales at 900 lbs. (408 kilograms). With a blunt snout and powerful bite, it ate turtles and battled ...

Climate Probably Didn't Cause Extinctions, Researchers Say

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 06.04.2014 | Science

The latest volley in a long-running debate over why woolly mammoths, giant sloths, mastodons and cave lions died out worldwide suggests that humans a...

World's Wildlife Vanishing at Breakneck Pace -- And Guess Who's to Blame?

Noah Greenwald | Posted 07.30.2014 | Green
Noah Greenwald

Species are going extinct at a pace not seen in tens of millions of years, and unlike past extinction events, the cause is us.

World On The Brink Of Sixth Great Extinction, Study Says

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, a...

LOOK: Stunning 'Paleoart' Will Beam You Back Into A Ferocious Prehistoric World

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

Ever wish you could jump in a time machine and travel back to the age of dinosaurs? What were terrifying prehistoric beasts like megalodon and T. rex ...

Devastating Defect May Have Contributed To Mammoths' Extinction

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 03.25.2014 | Science

The last of the woolly mammoths may have suffered from high rates of devastating birth defects, new research suggests. Fossils of mammoths found ne...

EXPLAINED: Why Giant Birds Suddenly Vanished

| Virginia Morell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, the...

Weird Extinct Dolphin Emerges From Fossils Found Along Coast

| Patricia Waldron | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science

A new species of extinct porpoise kept a stiff bottom lip, fossils reveal. Though closely related to living porpoises, Semirostrum ceruttii (artist’...

Fossilized Bones Reveal Ancient Sloths' Watery Transition

LiveScience | Laura Poppick | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

Millions of years ago, aquatic sloths roamed shallow waters off the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru. These now-extinct swimmers had highly dense b...

Endangered 'Water Monster' Sighted After Fears Of Disappearance

AP | TERESA DE MIGUEL | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's salamander-like axolotl apparently hasn't disappeared from its only known natural habitat in Mexico City's few remaining...

Will We Be the Next Extinction?

Geri Spieler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Books
Geri Spieler

While modern man, as we know it, she says, arrived in Europe about 40,000 years ago, we may go the way of the Dodo bird if we don't change our ways.

Fossilized Poop Paints Surprising New Picture Of Ancient 'Mega-Beasts'

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Woolly mammoths, rhinos and other ice age beasts may have munched on high-protein wildflowers called forbs, new research suggests. And far from livin...

Science Teacher Finds Rare Fossil Hiding In Plain Sight

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.31.2014 | Science

A whale fossil that's been sitting on the grounds of a Southern California school for perhaps 80 years may be a previously unknown species. The foss...