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Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

Sunday Species Snapshot: Panamanian Golden Frog

These tiny, brightly colored amphibians pack a potent neurotoxin on their skin. That toxin protected them from predators, but it won’t save them from extinction.

March 16, 2014 — John R. Platt
100 Years Ago Today

100 Years Ago Today

Today marks a sad centennial: the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius), a species once so abundant that their flocks blacked out the skies of North America.

September 1, 2014 — John R. Platt
Fresh Start for an Extinct Cat?

Fresh Start for an Extinct Cat?

Credit: An 1862 painting of a Formosan clouded leopard by Joseph Wolf, image in the public domain Source: from Could Extinct Clouded Leopards Be Reintroduced in Taiwan?

December 26, 2014 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Japan Could Lose 561 Plant Species by the Next Century

A massive new study of Japan’s native plants reveals an extinction crisis in the making. The study examined 1,618 threatened Japanese vascular plant species, most of which can be only be found in extremely limited ranges and many of which already face shrinking populations.

June 26, 2014 — John R. Platt
How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct

How the Western Black Rhino Went Extinct

Oh what a difference a century makes. At the beginning of the 20th century, an estimated one million black rhinoceroses from four different subspecies roamed the savannas of Africa.

November 13, 2013 — John R. Platt

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