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Extinct Animals

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 02.24.2014 | 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...

WATCH: 'Swamp Monster' Skull Discovered On Site Of Prehistoric Forest

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science

A toothy, long-nosed skull found in Texas belonged to a "swamp monster" that lived more than 200 million years ago. The creature is a previously un...

Ancient Ancestor Of Modern Meat-Eaters Discovered Overseas

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Lions, tigers, bears and even loyal pups and playful kitties all come from the same line of carnivorous mammals, a lineage whose origins are lost in ...

11 Animals We May Allow To Go Extinct Because They're Not Cute And Fuzzy

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

In 2012, nearly $1 billion was donated in the name of environmental preservation to just three charities: The Conservation Fund, the World Wildlife Fu...

Of Course Giant Bear-Dogs Used To Roam Florida

Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

Everything makes sense now. I think you mean a BOSS evolutionary dead end.— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) January 2, 2014 ...

Huge 'Megamouth' Species Finally Identified

LiveScience | Tia Ghose | Posted 11.04.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have finally identified a new species of megamouth shark that prowled the oceans about 23 million years ago, nearly 50 yea...

11 Animals That Are Now Extinct... Thanks To Humans

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green

Major extinction events are nothing new for the planet, but species are now dying out at an alarming rate thanks to humans. We are presently losing...

Fossil Reveals Odd Segmented Creature With Bug-Like Brain

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 10.17.2013 | Science

The discovery of a fossilized brain in the preserved remains of an extinct "mega-clawed" creature has revealed an ancient nervous system that is rem...

WATCH: Charity Stunned By 12,000-Year-Old Donation

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 10.14.2013 | Science

Charities are used to getting some rather odd donations, but who could have expected to find a 12,000-year-old fossil in a box of old clothing and hou...

Is Extinction Forever? Or Is the Passenger Pigeon Waiting in the Wings?

Steve Zack | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
Steve Zack

It is probably the most dramatic extinction story ever witnessed. Yet now there is interest and even the possibility of bringing the most famously extinct bird back.

'Extinct' Lizard Rediscovered In Cloud Forest

LiveScience | Douglas Main | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science

This ain't no lie: The Pinocchio lizard was thought to be extinct for 50 years, but has been rediscovered in the cloud forests of Ecuador. After sea...

Debate Over 'De-Extinction' Heats Up

LiveScience | Tanya Lewis | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science

The passenger pigeon, the dodo and the woolly mammoth are just a few of the species wiped off the Earth by changing environments and human activities...

New Fossil Study May Settle Debate Over Ancient Ape

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

Scientists have long known that a strange, now-extinct primate lived in modern-day Tuscany millions of years ago -- but did Oreopithecus bambolii swin...

Strange Pouched Predator Had 'Embarrassing' Bite, Researchers Say

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.04.2013 | Science

More than 3 million years ago, a strange pouched predator stalked South America with fangs bigger than those of the fearsome saber-toothed cat. But a...

Frozen Foot's DNA Yields Big Surprise About Horses

natureheader | Erika Check Hayden | Posted 06.27.2013 | Science

The humble horse has provided the oldest full genome sequence of any species — from a specimen more than half a million years old, found frozen in t...

What If There Were Lions in America?

Matt Murrie | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if there were lions in America? No, I'm not joking, and neither was Josh Kling when he asked, "What If We Could Bring Back Extant Species" at the last What If...? Conference.

The Crazy Saga Of The Hula Painted Frog

Posted 06.09.2013 | Green

An extremely rare species of frog has been classified into a genus previously known only through fossils, scientists declared this week. In 1996,...

3 Species Declared Extinct

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2013 | Miami

By Barbara Liston (Reuters) - After six years of searching, an entomologist has concluded that three varieties of butterflies native to south Florid...