The Rock That Ended the Dinosaurs Was Much More Than a Dino Killer

In seeking the origin story of the Chicxulub impactor, scientists hope to also unlock secrets about the origin of life itself.

#asteroids, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #geology, #icarus-journal, #research, #solar-system, #space-and-astronomy

A New Company With a Wild Mission: Bring Back the Woolly Mammoth

With $15 million in private funding, Colossal aims to bring thousands of woolly mammoths back to Siberia. Some scientists are deeply skeptical that will happen.

#church-george-m, #cloning, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #genetic-engineering, #genetics-and-heredity, #mammoths-animals, #paleontology, #your-feed-science

Komodo Dragons Are Now Endangered and ‘Moving Toward Extinction’

A top conservation organization updated the status of the fierce giant lizards on its Red List of threatened species.

#conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flores-indonesia, #global-warming, #indonesia, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #komodo-dragons-lizards, #reptiles, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Fossil Reveals Hungry Predator of Ancient Oceans

Titanokorys gainesi, turned up in the Canadian Rockies, was among the largest known predators 500 million years ago.

#british-columbia-canada, #burgess-shale-canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Meet the People Rescuing Piping Plover Birds In New York

A group of volunteers patrols beaches where endangered Piping Plovers nest.

#birds, #breezy-point-queens-ny, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fort-tilden-queens-ny, #plover-bird, #queens-nyc, #rockaway-beach-queens-ny, #united-states-park-police

Reuniting an Orphan Elephant and Her Mom, Perhaps, With DNA and Luck

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Nania The Elephant Beat the Odds

Nania beat the odds to survive separation from her forest elephant family in Burkina Faso. Her caretakers hope DNA testing may help return her to the wild with her family.

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #burkina-faso, #conservation-of-resources, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-fund-for-animal-welfare, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Why There’s Been a Sudden Population Crash for Rare Whales

North Atlantic right whales had been making a slow recovery, but ocean changes linked to global warming are pushing down their numbers again, scientists say.

#canada, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #global-warming, #gulf-of-maine, #gulf-of-st-lawrence, #oceanography-journal, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

This Brain Remained Intact in a 310 Million-Year-Old Fossil

The discovery suggested that horseshoe crab brains haven’t changed much and that there are more ways for soft tissues to be preserved in the fossil record.

#brain, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fossils, #geology-journal, #horseshoe-crabs, #illinois, #paleontology, #yale-peabody-museum-of-natural-history, #your-feed-science

California Couple Fined $18,000 for Bulldozing Iconic Joshua Trees

The authorities say they hope the fine will deter people from harming the trees, which are protected under the California Endangered Species Act.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fines-penalties, #joshua-tree-calif, #joshua-tree-national-park-calif, #nordberg-walter-jonetta, #san-bernardino-calif, #trees-and-shrubs, #walter-jeffrey-1951

Discovery of ‘Dragon Man’ Skull in China May Add Species to Human Family Tree

A laborer discovered the fossil and hid it in a well for 85 years. Scientists say it could help sort out the human family tree and how our species emerged.

#china, #denisova-hominid, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #evolution-biology, #fossils, #harbin-china, #neanderthal-man, #paleontology, #research, #skull-body-part, #the-innovation

For the Butterflies — and the Rest of Us

Stop using pesticides, in your butterfly garden and everywhere else.

#bees, #butterflies-and-moths, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #gardens-and-gardening, #insects

Zoos Are Bad for Animals

Many of them aspire to be good civic institutions that care for animals on their grounds and in the wild. But is it really worth their captivity?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #animal-behavior, #animals, #assn-of-zoosaquariums, #biodiversity, #breeding-of-animals, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #zoos

Red Knots in Steepest Decline in Years, Threatening the Species’ Survival

The annual count along the Delaware Bay beaches showed another severe drop in numbers of the shorebird, whose migration is one of the longest avian journeys in the world.

#animal-migration, #atlantic-states-marine-fisheries-commission, #beaches, #birds, #crabs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #your-feed-science

Sharks Nearly Went Extinct 19 Million Years Ago From Mystery Event

Analysis of the fossil record shows a mysterious mass extinction that decimated the diversity of sharks in the world’s oceans, and they’ve never fully recovered.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #oceans-and-seas, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #sharks, #your-feed-science

What Has Four Legs, a Trunk and a Behavioral Database?

From tens of thousands of hours of observation, scientists have compiled a detailed library of African elephant behavior.

#africa, #animal-behavior, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gorongosa-national-park-mozambique, #kenya, #malawi, #mozambique, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

On the Verge of Extinction, These Whales Are Also Shrinking

The few living North Atlantic right whales are smaller than previous generations, and some show signs of severely stunted development.

#anatomy-and-physiology, #atlantic-ocean, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #research, #whales-and-whaling, #your-feed-science

California Throws a Rescue Line to Its Dwindling Monarch Butterflies

A coalition of conservation groups have partnered with the state to add 30,000 milkweed plants in an attempt to restore the species’ population.

#butterflies-and-moths, #california, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #forest-service, #river-partners

Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West

A drought crisis has erupted in the Klamath Basin along the California-Oregon border, with fish dying en masse and farmers infuriated that they have been cut off from their main water source.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #irrigation, #klamath-falls-ore, #native-americans, #oregon, #salmon, #water, #wildlife-die-offs

69 Big Cats Are Seized From Jeffrey Lowe, a Figure in ‘Tiger King’

Mr. Lowe and his wife, Lauren Lowe, are the latest figures from the Netflix series to face prosecutions by the U.S. government.

#agriculture-department, #animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #justice-department, #lowe-jeffrey-1964, #oklahoma, #tiger-king-murder-mayhem-and-madness-tv-program, #tigers, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Global Cactus Traffickers Are Cleaning Out the Deserts

A recent raid in Italy involving rare Chilean species highlights the growing scale of a black market in the thorny plants.

#atacama-desert, #black-markets, #cacti-plants, #chile, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-science

What to Save? Climate Change Forces Brutal Choices at National Parks.

For decades, the core mission of the Park Service was absolute conservation. Now ecologists are being forced to do triage, deciding what to safeguard — and what to let slip away.

#acadia-national-park-me, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #invasive-species, #national-park-service, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #wildfires

The Price They Pay for Your Perfect Vacation Photo

Scientists are concerned about unregulated feeding of ocean wildlife by tour operators.

#animal-behavior, #australia, #bahama-islands, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #greece, #marine-biology, #philippines, #photography, #research, #sharks, #travel-and-vacations, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

How Botanical Oils Won Over the West

Though they’ve been prized since the dawn of civilization around the world, these natural elixirs have now taken on an almost religious aura for wellness types.

#beauty-concept, #cosmetics-and-toiletries, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #flowers-and-plants, #hair, #indigenous-people, #international-trade-and-world-market, #luxury-goods-and-services, #oils-and-fats, #skin, #trees-and-shrubs

The Birds and the Buoys: Using Googly Eyes to Avert Extinction

A pair of looming eyes could scare away seabirds from fishing nets in which they are often entangled.

#birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fishing-commercial, #innovation, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Pesky Condors Invade California Home

Fifteen to 20 of the endangered giant birds wrecked the deck, knocked over lawn ornaments and tore up “every piece of plastic” they could find, the homeowner’s daughter said.

#birds, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #tehachapi-calif

Video of N.R.A. Chief Wayne LaPierre Shooting an Elephant Draws Criticism

The footage was taken during a 2013 hunting trip in Botswana for an N.R.A.-sponsored television series, but it never aired. It was obtained by The Trace and The New Yorker.

#africa, #botswana, #conservation-of-resources, #deaths-fatalities, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everytown-for-gun-safety, #firearms, #gun-control, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #lapierre-wayne, #mass-shootings, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-rifle-assn, #new-yorker, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Baby Mammoths Were Meals for These Saber-Tooth Cats

Fossils from a Texas site suggest that the predatory felines not only snatched mammoths from their herds, but dragged the remains back to their cave.

#cats, #caves-and-caverns, #current-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #mammoths-animals, #paleontology, #san-antonio-tex, #teeth-and-dentistry, #your-feed-science

On the Menu at a Lunch in Italy: Protected Songbirds

The Italian police were called to investigate a luncheon for a potential violation of coronavirus rules. They found a feast of migrating finches.

#birds, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #italy, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Grizzly Bear Fatally Mauls a Backcountry Guide Near Yellowstone Park

When the bear charged at Montana officials who were investigating the attack, they shot and killed it.

#animal-behavior, #bears, #deaths-fatalities, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #idaho, #montana, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores

Plant a Love of Nature in Your Kids

This Earth Day, show kids they can find refuge in the outdoors.

#animals, #birds, #carson-rachel, #children-and-childhood, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #parenting, #writing-and-writers

How Many Tyrannosaurus Rexes Ever Lived on Earth? Here’s a New Clue.

An estimation of the iconic predator’s total population can teach us things about dinosaurs that fossils cannot.

#dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #north-america, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Long History of Those Who Fought to Save the Animals

In “Beloved Beasts,” Michelle Nijhuis tells the stories of the men and women who have fought to rescue endangered animals from extinction.

#animals, #beloved-beasts-fighting-for-life-in-an-age-of-extinction-book, #biodiversity, #books-and-literature, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #nijhuis-michelle, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

We Need an Infrastructure Package for Nature

The long-term needs of ecosystems should come before our knee-jerk demands to get back to life.

#animals, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birds, #commuting, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environment, #flowers-and-plants, #infrastructure-public-works, #land-use-policies, #long-island-ny, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states

April the Giraffe, Who Became an Internet Sensation in 2017, Dies

April, 20, gained fame giving birth as millions watched via livestream. She was euthanized on Friday because of her worsening arthritis.

#animal-adventure-park-harpursville-ny, #april-the-giraffe, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #giraffes, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

A Biologist, an Outlandish Stork and the Army of Women Trying to Save It

In the Indian state of Assam, a group of women known as the Hargila Army is spearheading a conservation effort to rescue the endangered greater adjutant stork.

#animals, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #photography, #storks-birds, #travel-and-vacations, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #women-and-girls

In Montana, Bears and Wolves Become Part of the Culture Wars

The politics of predators seem poised to enter a new chapter in the state, which now seems intent on reviving some of the practices of a century ago that virtually exterminated wolves from Montana.

#bears, #daines-steve, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #gianforte-greg-1961, #hunting-and-trapping, #montana, #republican-party, #wolves

America’s Bald Eagle Population Has Quadrupled

There were only about 72,000 bald eagles in the lower 48 states in 2009. Researchers say the population is now above 300,000.

#bald-eagles, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #interior-department, #united-states

Some Elephants in Africa Are Just a Step From Extinction

A key conservation group counted the continent’s elephants as two species for the first time, highlighting the dire threat to forest elephants.

#africa, #conservation-of-resources, #elephants, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #research, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

New York Man Kept Sharks in Pool in His Basement

Investigators found seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in a house in Dutchess County, the authorities said. The case spotlighted an underground market for exotic and protected fish.

#aquariums, #dutchess-county-ny, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #seguine-joshua, #sharks, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Endangered Gazelles Make a Comeback on the Edge of a War Zone

Hunted nearly to extinction worldwide, a wild mountain gazelle finds a helping hand on the Turkish-Syrian border.

#antelopes, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #hunting-and-trapping, #international-union-for-conservation-of-nature, #syria, #turkey, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #wildlife-trade-and-poaching

Yes, America, There Is (Some) Hope for the Environment

Wildlife bridges, plastic-eating bacteria and drones that plant trees remind us that we are as good at repairing as we are at destroying.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #birds, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #global-warming, #trees-and-shrubs

Tasmanian Tigers Are Extinct. Why Do People Keep Seeing Them?

Quirks of the human mind and how we process information might explain the uncanny appearances of thylacines.

#australia, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #photography, #psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #tasmania-australia, #your-feed-science

America’s New Whale Is Now at Extinction’s Doorstep

Just 50 or so remain, eking it out in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservation-of-resources, #darwin-charles-robert, #drilling-and-boring, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-national-park, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #florida-panhandle, #genetics-and-heredity, #gulf-of-mexico, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #natural-gas, #oceans-and-seas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #united-states, #whales-and-whaling

Justice Amy Coney Barrett Issues Her First Majority Opinion

The 7-to-2 ruling rejected an environmental group’s Freedom of Information Act request.

#appeals-courts-us, #barrett-amy-coney, #decisions-and-verdicts, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #environmental-protection-agency, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #freedom-of-information-act, #national-marine-fisheries-service, #sierra-club, #supreme-court-us

California Condors Get an Assist From an Unlikely Source: A Wind Power Company

Federal wildlife authorities in California are working with a wind energy company to breed the endangered birds in captivity to replace any that may be killed by turbine blades. Conservationists are skeptical.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #avangrid-renewables-llc, #biodiversity, #birds, #breeding-of-animals, #california, #condors, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #energy-and-power, #fish-and-wildlife-service, #wind-power

Wisconsin Hunters Kill Over 200 Wolves in Less Than 3 Days

The gray wolf lost Endangered Species Act protections last year, prompting a recent hunt that killed at least 216 wolves — far exceeding a quota set by state wildlife officials.

#endangered-and-extinct-species, #humane-society-of-the-united-states, #wisconsin, #wolves

This Bird Wasn’t Seen for 170 Years. Then It Appeared in an Indonesian Forest.

The black-browed babbler has long been one of Indonesia’s most enigmatic birds.

#birds, #birdwatching, #borneo-indonesia, #bw-galeatus, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #indonesia, #your-feed-science

The Outsized Influence of Teen T. Rex and Other Young Dinosaurs

A deep dive into dinosaur data suggests that teenage T. rexes and other juvenile carnivores shaped their ecosystems.

#children-and-childhood, #dinosaurs, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #paleontology, #research, #science-journal, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science, #youth

For Shielding Endangered Neighbors, Pandas Make Flimsy Umbrellas

A new study challenges a common hypothesis about how protecting charismatic species also conserves animals that are less well known.

#china, #conservation-of-resources, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #forests-and-forestry, #pandas, #research, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves, #your-feed-science