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De-Extinction: Could Dinosaurs Ever Walk the Earth Again?

Extinction forms a natural part of the cycle of life. Around 50 million species currently exist on our planet but scientific research has indicated that, since life evolved on Earth, between 1 and 4 billion species could have blossomed into being only to die out and ultimately become extinct.
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Back From the Dead

Scientists are trying to bring extinct species back from the dead. Will they recreate something dangerous?

In the March 19th edition of the New York Times, Gina Kolata quotes geneticist George Church as saying, "Maybe we can no longer delay death, but we can reverse it."

So far only one extinct species has...
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End of the Gentle Giants

African forest elephants are being poached out of existence. A new study with of largest dataset on forest elephants ever compiled reveals a loss of more than 60% in the past decade, due to slaughtering them for their ivory tusks. The decline is documented throughout forest elephant's range in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic...
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We're Running Out of Fish

In the future, the wide variety of fish available in our grocery stores and fish markets may be only a memory. Commercial fishers are netting huge numbers of fish, while dams such as the Hoover, built along the Colorado River, have stopped freshwater from flowing into fish breeding grounds.

Salmon are not only losing their breeding...
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Can Animals Outrun Climate change?

Nearly one-tenth of hemisphere's mammals are unlikely to outrun climate change.

A safe haven could be out of reach for 9% of the Western Hemisphere's mammals, and as much as 40% in certain regions, because the animals just won't move...
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Teachers are Changing Their Local Ecologies

They're not doing it by talking to their students about climate change in their classrooms, they're doing it at the END of the school year, by releasing the exotic pets they're kept in their science labs all year. Since most of these creatures are not native to the area where they're "...
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Another Extinction

Tiger's roar may soon be a memory - Tigers will soon join the group of animals (and humans?) that may soon be seen no more. But some researchers have used hidden cameras to film some of them in surprising places.

Most of the world's last remaining tigers--long decimated by overhunting, logging, and wildlife trade--are...

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Past Climate Change Extremely Sudden

Something that happened to the dinosaurs 137 million years ago is right out of Whitley Strieber's Superstorm, and it could be about to happen again. In Superstorm, the Earth experiences dramatic cooling when the Gulf Stream stops. Scientists now have evidence that this exact scenario happened 137 million years ago, when the earth experienced...

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Extinction: Is it in OUR Future?

Years of scientific debate over the extinction of ancient species in North America have led to many theories. There's one thing all researchers agree on, however: A mass extinction occurred here in a geological instant. And other scientists have discovered that WE almost went extinct 1.2 million years ago. Will it happen again?

When our...

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Is Extinction in Your Future?

One in four mammal species is threatened with extinction, and the terrestrial mammals in Southeast Asia are particularly at risk. The top threats to land mammals are habitat loss and harvesting (hunting, use for medicine, fuel and other materials).

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Extinction: What Happened in the Past

...can warn us about the future - No matter what one of our candidates says about polar bears, the truth is that global warming is rapidly reducing the number of animal species.And it?s not only happening in Alaska?two species of giraffe, several rhinos and five elephant relatives, along with multitudes of rodents, bush pigs,...

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An Essential Food is Going Extinct

Sharks and whales aren't the only sea creatures being fished into extinction?the fish that much of the world relies on for food are going extinct as well. Part of the cause may be global warming, but most of it can be blamed on overfishing.

In BBC News, Richard Black writes, "There will be virtually nothing left to fish from the seas by...

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Is Nessie Real? She Was Once?And Could be Again

Whether or not the huge creature known as the Loch Ness monster is a living dinosaur, we DO know that millions of years ago, huge carnivorous reptiles resembling Nessie lived in Australia. If the current Nessie isn't real, we may soon be able to recreate her: A scientific breakthrough in DNA will make it possible for creatures that have been...

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Is Extinction in OUR Future?

When we think of extinction events, we usually think about the asteroid that hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs. But it turns out the worst extinction since that happened 65 million years ago is going on right now?and we humans are the cause of it.

Robert Roy Britt writes in that changes to the earth's biodiversity...

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Ancient Evidence of Global Warming

Palentologists have avoided connecting the great extinctions that brought the Pleistocene to an end 15,000 years ago to climate change by claiming that they were due to a few thousand hunter-gatherers killing millions of animals, all within a span of a few hundred years. Now climate is finally being recognized as the key to the extinctions.

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Extinction?Is it in Our Future?

Half of the 114 species that have become extinct, despite the federal Endangered Species Act of 1973, once lived in Hawaii. The Center for Biological Diversity says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service knowingly delays putting species on the endangered list "to avoid political controversy even when it knew the likely result would be the...

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Rare Pet Goes Home to the Wild

A rare Spix's macaw has been returned to its home country of Brazil, in an attempt to revive the nearly-extinct species. Although the breed is protected by international treaties, it was probably smuggled into the U.S. from Brazil 25 years ago. There are only about a dozen inbred birds left in Brazil, so the newcomer can inject some genetic...

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Viagra Saves Endangered Species

The success of Viagra has drastically reduced the demand for the body parts of wild animals that are used in traditional cures for impotence, especially in Asia. Since the drug was introduced in 1998, worldwide trade in some rare and endangered species has fallen more than 70%. Frank von Hippel says, "Viagra is cheaper than many animal products...

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Extinction Can Be Good for You

An newly-evolved species has a much better chance of surviving for a long time if it first appears right after a mass extinction. University of Cincinnati geologist Arnold Miller has found that the trend holds true no matter what was the ultimate cause of each mass extinction. New species were more widespread and fared better over the long run...

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