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Extinct Animals

The Year of the Passenger Pigeon

Errol Fuller | Posted 10.14.2014 | 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...

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. pic.twitter.com/lFSLZZgTgl— 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.