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Malaysia’s final surviving male Sumatran rhino has died. Here is why that is necessary.

Tam, the last surviving male Sumatran rhinoceros in Malaysia, has died, making the future of the species look particularly grim.  According to Reuters, Tam was about 30 years old, and since being captured in 2008, spent his days inhabiting a wildlife reserve in the Malaysian state of Sabah on the island of Borneo. Tam was...CONTINUE READING
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You’ll be able to by no means see any of those species ever once more

Extinction is coming. Though, in large part, it already has. On Monday, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published an exhaustive report on the planet’s accelerating extinction rate. The report — compiled over three years by 145 scientific authors with input from over 300 more — found that the...CONTINUE READING
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George is lifeless and his species most likely extinct. It’s the lack of a ‘crown jewel of evolution.’

A one-inch Hawaiian snail is dead, and his species is likely gone forever.  The New Year’s Day death of the small, 14-year-old snail, named George by Hawaiian scientists, is yet another blow to the native Hawaiian ecosystem, which as the most isolated group of islands on the planet contains species found nowhere else. But overexploitation,...CONTINUE READING
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Those are the animals that went extinct in 2018

With the end of 2018 comes the near-certain reality that some critters, after millions of years of existence on Earth, are gone for good.  There’s little question that humanity‘s continued exploitation of wild animals and the depletion of their habitats have left many species either clinging to existence, or at worst, extinct. Today’s extinctions are...CONTINUE READING
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Excessive local weather trade suffocated just about all ocean lifestyles 250 million years in the past

The Great Dying was as nasty as it sounds.  Some 250 million years ago, around 95 percent of ocean species vanished during the planet’s largest-known extinction event, also called the Great Permian Extinction.  The culprit is suspected to be extreme climate change, as epic volcanism filled the atmosphere with carbon dioxide, which gradually heated both...CONTINUE READING
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How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle?

How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle? According to new research, it doesn’t take very much. A study published in the journal Nature Thursday found that sea turtles have a 50 percent higher chance of mortality once they’ve ingested 14 pieces of plastic.  This means that researchers would expect 50 percent...CONTINUE READING
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An extinct gibbon was found buried in an ancient tomb. Did humans kill them off?

Inside a desk drawer at a Chinese museum, a British paleontologist came across the face and jaw bones of a long-dead gibbon in 2009. Five years earlier, scientists had discovered the bones inside an elaborate 2,200-year-old tomb belonging to a woman of Chinese royalty. It’s not unusual to find the bones of bears, leopards, and...CONTINUE READING
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