Here’s the thing about extinctions: They are very rarely witnessed. The last members of a species in the wild tend to go quietly into the night with no one to witness their deaths.
Is it time to add two more species to the list of recent extinctions? New research indicates that two critically endangered fish species may now be extinct in the wild following the destruction of their only habitats.
Many species don’t have anything to be thankful for this holiday season. Here’s one that may have already been lost. Species name: The Christmas Island shrew (Crocidura trichura) Where found: This miniscule mammal only exists—if it still exists at all—on Australia’s Christmas Island, a tiny dot in the Indian Ocean that is also home to [...]
The latest update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species was published Monday and, as you can imagine, it wasn’t good news. The Red List, the global inventory of species, now identifies 22,413 species as threatened with extinction around the world.
Human actions may have caused the species’s populations to grow huge as well as led to its demise
As if rampant deforestation and poaching weren't bad enough, climate change will have a devastating effect on the majority of Madagascar's lemur species, most of them already imperiled, according to a paper published this week in Ecology and Evolution.
A new theory proposes methane-spurting single-celled organisms were behind the Permian extinctions
Ten years. Nearly 1,200 articles. I have no idea how many species. I have no idea how many tears.
I wrote more than 150 articles about endangered species in 2014. Very few of them could be considered “good news.” But be they good news or bad, here are some of the best “Extinction Countdown” articles of the past year.