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U.S. scientists hope prehistoric fish can solve modern problem

Chicago - A giant prehistoric fish once thought to be extinct could be the solution to the worsening invasion of non-native Asian carp that is choking U.S. rivers and crowding out local species.

Sumatran rhino declared extinct in Malaysia

The Sumatran rhino has been declared extinct by a recently published study and now their survival depends on fewer than 100 rhinos in Indonesia.

40,000-year-old bracelet made by extinct human species found

In what is quite an amazing discovery, scientists have confirmed that a bracelet found in Siberia is 40,000 years old. This makes it the oldest piece of jewelry ever discovered, and archeologists have been taken aback by the level of its sophistication.

Op-Ed: The world should mourn: San Diego Zoo loses Northern white rhino

San Diego - The extinction clock is ticking ever-closer to the day when the world will see the very last Northern white rhino pass into extinction. The San Diego Zoo lost Angalifu, a 44-year old Northern white rhino who died of old age on Sunday.

Gilbert's potoroo once thought to be extinct, making a comeback

The Gilbert's potoroo, or rat-kangaroo is Australia's most endangered animal and one of the world's most endangered mammals. Thought to be extinct in the, 30 of the animals were rediscovered in 1994. With careful conservation, there are now 100.

Op-Ed: When is 'extinct' really 'extinct'? The missing snail row

The Aldabra banded snail was last sighted in 1996 and declared extinct in 2007, with the blame placed squarely on climate change. However, it has since been "rediscovered." This has led to a debate about the accuracy of the original research.

Seven European bison to be released in Romania

The European bison is the heaviest surviving wild animal in Europe today. The animals went extinct in the wild in 1927 when the last one was killed by poachers in the western Caucasus. The only bison left were to be found in zoos across Europe.

Documenting the loss of the Sahara's 'mega-fauna'

Covering most of North Africa, the Sahara Desert is the world's largest tropical desert, covering 3.6 million sq. miles, about the size of Brazil. Largely undeveloped, the Sahara has one of the harshest ecosystems to survive in, for humans and wildlife.

Western black rhino has been declared extinct

Johannesburg - The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation network, has declared the western black rhino subspecies as extinct. From 2007 to 2012, rhino poaching has increased 5000%.

Corpse-eating fly comes 'back from the dead' after 160 years

A fly that was declared extinct over a century ago appears to have come 'back from the dead'. Researchers in Europe were interested to find it had not vanished after all.

Rare old elephant bird egg could fetch $45K on auction

London - An egg, belonging to an extinct elephant bird is going up for auction in London. The rare egg is anticipated to fetch up to $45,000 when it goes on sale.

Is that a monkey in your pants or are you just happy to see me?

Delhi - Three men have been arrested at Delhi's International Airport trying to smuggle rare primates, called "slender lorises," in their underwear. Apparently, the bulge is what gave them away.

Post-Mortem of famous tortoise Lonesome George

Guayaquil - The famous Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis abingdoni) known to the international nature community and all environmentalists as "Lonesome George" died on Sunday, under unknown circumstances.

World's largest sperm bank turns down redheads due to low demand

Aarhus - Citing a lack of demand for the sperm from redheaded donors, and a long waiting list of willing candidates, the world's largest sperm bank is no longer accepting donations from anyone with red hair.

Oldest remains of Caspian Horse discovered in Iran

Gohar - A team of archaeologists working in Gohar Tappeh, situated in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, have discovered the oldest known remains of the Caspian Horse, the oldest horse breed in the world still in existence.

Tigers in the wild may be extinct in 12 years

Stockholm - The WWF estimates there are 5000 tigers in American backyards, truck stops, urban apartments and private breeding facilities. This is more than the 3200 wild tigers in the wild. Sadly, the "King of the Jungle" may be extinct in as little as 12 years.

Some mammals thought to be extinct have been rediscovered

Some animals which had been believed to be extinct for many years have been sighted in the wild, and it is hoped that more of these species are waiting to be rediscovered.

Scientists find out why spotted hyena vanished from Europe

Climate change in the past was not directly responsible for the extinction of the spotted hyena in southern Europe, but it was certainly a factor in its disappearance, scientists have concurred.

Scientists: Blobfish on brink of extinction

Dubbed the world's ugliest animal, the rare blobfish may soon face extinction due to overfishing, scientists warn. It lives in the same depth as popular fisherman prey such as lobsters and crabs.

Goodbye Prairie Chicken And Uh, We're Sorry

Prairie Chickens had good taste. Too bad we didn’t. Last week it was formally confirmed that not a single Prairie Chicken had been sighted within Canada since 1987. If you want to see one, you’ll have to go to the US.

Study: 10 percent of world's species endangered by climate change

The world's only catalogue of known plants and animals has so far listed 1.9 million species but according to a new report almost 10 per cent of the world's animals are in danger of extinction due to climate change and other factors.

Naturalist: Let the Pandas Die Out

Naturalist and BBC presenter Chris Packham says that Pandas should be let to die out as a species as they are in an "evolutionary cul-de-sac" and the money spent on protecting them would be better spent elsewhere.

Prehistoric tuatara found alive and well

Tuatara are lizard-like reptiles that can be traced back to the time of the dinosaurs. For the first time in 200 years, researchers have discovered a baby tuatara on mainland New Zealand.

Extinct bird seen but sold as food in Philippines

The rare quail that was last observed several decades ago was seen for the first time recently but it was sold as food at a poultry market.

UN Report: Cheetahs on the brink of extinction

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) reports that the cheetah population is declining rapidly and may become another extinct species if not controlled.

British Bumblebees in Danger

The British bumblebee appears to be in trouble with three species being extinct and the population on the decline. The bumblebee plays a role in crop pollination.

Extinct Frog Found Thriving in Australia

A frog species, the Armoured Mist Frog , not seen for the past 17 years, has been found in a remote location in Far North Queensland.

Hundreds Of Fish Species Endangered

In a new report published in Fisheries, researchers have listed 700 fish species as being vulnerable, threatened, endangered or even extinct. The causes are listed as habitat loss, their ranges decreasing, invasive species and perhaps climate changes.

Scientist discovers an extinct insect on eBay

A scientist saw a curious item on eBay and decided to purchase it for £20 ($37.51). It ended up being an extinct insect encased in amber.

Primates in danger of becoming extinct

The shocking first comprehensive study in five years of the world's 634 kinds of monkeys reveals that almost 50 per cent are in danger of going extinct according to the criteria of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Tyrannosaurus rex. Non-avian dinosaurs died out in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event at th...
Tyrannosaurus rex. Non-avian dinosaurs died out in the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event at the end of the Cretaceous period. (An example of pruning the tree of life).
David.Monniaux
Bramble Cay today. The Weather service has a monitoring station on the cay.
Bramble Cay today. The Weather service has a monitoring station on the cay.
Australian Weather Service
Passenger pigeon in flight.  Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin...
Passenger pigeon in flight. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19103 March 18, 2013
Jim, the Photographer from Springfield PA, United States of America
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A herd of Scimitar horned oryx grazing at Marwell Wildlife  Hampshire  England.
A herd of Scimitar horned oryx grazing at Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, England.
Charles Miller from Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Bramble Cay melomys
Bramble Cay melomys
Australia Department of Environmental Protection
This illustration depicts a family of stilt-legged horses (Haringtonhippus francisci) in Yukon  Cana...
This illustration depicts a family of stilt-legged horses (Haringtonhippus francisci) in Yukon, Canada, during the last ice age.
Jorge Blancp/eLife Science
Bramble Cay today. The Weather service has a monitoring station on the cay.
Bramble Cay today. The Weather service has a monitoring station on the cay.
Australian Weather Service
Bramble Cay in 2008.
Bramble Cay in 2008.
Queensland EPA
A Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) from Algeria filmed in 1893 and published in 1913. Barbary lions a...
A Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo) from Algeria filmed in 1893 and published in 1913. Barbary lions are now extinct in the wild.
Alfred Edward Pease (29 June 1857 – 27 April 1939)
A female Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus Hartebeest that lived in London Zoo from 4 October 1883 un...
A female Alcelaphus buselaphus buselaphus Hartebeest that lived in London Zoo from 4 October 1883 until 27 April 1897.
Lewis Medland in 1895.
 Passenger Pigeon Net  St. Anne s  Lower Canada . Watercolour and pen and black and brown ink on wov...
"Passenger Pigeon Net, St. Anne's, Lower Canada". Watercolour and pen and black and brown ink on wove paper.
James Pattison Cockburn, watercolor, 1829
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the southernmost and most genetically distinct subspe...
The Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) is the southernmost and most genetically distinct subspecies of the North American gray wolf.
nywolforg
The seamount  which has yet to be named  is located about 186 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Ja...
The seamount, which has yet to be named, is located about 186 miles (300 kilometers) southeast of Jarvis Island. It has a conical shape with a base stretching some 4.3 miles.
Image courtesy of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center.
Photos: A new and the old dodo reconstruction. Photographed by Peter Maas (2002) at a temporary dodo...
Photos: A new and the old dodo reconstruction. Photographed by Peter Maas (2002) at a temporary dodo exposition in the National Museum of Natural History 'Naturalis' in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Peter Mass

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