Mass Extinction News
Australian Rodent is the First Mammal to Go Extinct Due to Human-Caused Climate Change, Report Says
An Australian rodent may have become the first victim of extinction as a result of human-caused climate change , researchers in Queensland said in a new study . Populations of the Bramble Cay melomys , a mosaic-tailed rat found only on a small reef island at the northern tip of the Great Barrier
Endangered Mexican Gray Wolf Pup Born at Conservation Center
An 8-day-old pup is found to be healthy and strong at its first-ever health check.
Third of North American Birds Said to Face Extinction Due to Climate Change, Other Man-Made Factors
A new report published by North American Bird Conservation Initiative says that 37 percent of all migratory bird species on the continent are at risk of extinction due to a myriad of harmful environmental factors including climate change , sea-level rise, land development and oil spills. The report
Massive, Ancient Asteroid Crater may Provide Clues to Dinosaur Extinction
Scientists digging deep into the Gulf of Mexico say they have cracked into a crater, formed some 65 million years ago after a massive asteroid struck the earth. The 33-member team of scientists from around the world, assembled by the International Ocean Discovery Program , and in coordination with
Periodic Cicadas are Coming: What Do their Odd Life Cycles Mean?
Another 17 years have passed for one brood of periodic cicadas -- the time has come for billions to emerge from the ground in deafening drones. But they aren't just unusually loud, they're curiously into math. Periodic cicadas only have life cycles of prime numbers. The mysterious life span of 13
'GMA' on Safari: How Drones Are Helping Stop Poachers in Africa
ABC News' T.J. Holmes reports on how rangers in South Africa are combatting the growing number of rhino poachers with drones.
Mammoth Bones Found Under Oregon State University Football Stadium
It was a big find. When Oregon State University football players were going deep to make touchdown grabs in the end zone, they probably didn't realize that there were 10,000 year-old mammoth bones just feet below them. More than 1,000 pieces of bone, ranging from bison to mammoth, were discovered
Smithsonian Scientists Name New Species of Sperm Whale
Scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History have identified a new species of sperm whale, Albicetus oxymycterus , adding a new branch to the sperm whale family tree. Originally collected from the sea cliffs in Santa Barbara, California, in the 1880s, the 15 million-year-old
Northern White Rhino's Death at San Diego Zoo Leaves Only 3 of Its Kind in the World
An endangered northern white rhinoceros died Sunday at the San Diego Zoo , leaving only three of its kind in the world. Nola, a northern white rhino believed to be about 41, had been experiencing health issues lately, San Diego Zoo Global spokeswoman Christina Simmons told ABC News today, which
Thousands of Orangutans Threatened by Indonesia Wildfires
A species of the Great Apes is among the biggest casualties of the latest fires ravaging several parts of Indonesia and the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. Thousands of orangutans, who share 97 percent of their DNA with humans, have been caught in what scientists warn could be one of the biggest