This Theory of Why Mammoths Went Extinct Will Make You See the Earth in a Different Way

The extinction of the mammoths in Eurasia occurred at the end of the Pleistocene. They didn’t die alone. A lot of different megafauna, including cave bears and giant sloths, went extinct at roughly the same time. There are plenty of theories on why mammoths went extinct: climate change, disease, geological upheaval,… »10/28/15 9:40am10/28/15 9:40am

This is What a Mass Die-off of Earth's Coral Reefs Looks Like

Earlier this week, we learned that Earth’s coral reefs are in the midst of a massive dieoff, triggered by abnormally hot temperatures in ocean basins worldwide. It’s hardly the first time in recent history that we’ve witnessed a widespread coral bleaching event, and it won’t be the last. In several decades, coral… »10/11/15 1:30pm10/11/15 1:30pm

Meanwhile in the Future: Endangered Animals Live in Armored Zoos

Many scientists believe that the Earth is approaching another mass extinction event. Between deforestation, pollution, hunting, and general human encroachment, all sorts of species are at risk of going extinct. In this week’s future, humans give up on saving species where they live and instead put them in armored zoos. »9/01/15 4:05pm9/01/15 4:05pm

Dinosaurs Fell Victim to “Perfect Storm” of Events, Study Posits

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in time, according to new research conducted in part by the American Museum of Natural History. The study, published today in Biological Reviews, builds a new narrative of the prehistoric creatures'… »8/01/14 2:14am8/01/14 2:14am

10 animals that might become extinct in the next 10 years

Chances are you won't see these rare animals at the local zoo because their population is down to the last hundreds. In some cases, it's much worse than that with only a couple left. Some of these animals you've never heard of but others on the verge of extinction are related to animals you know and love—like certain… »4/21/14 8:18pm4/21/14 8:18pm

How the Railroad Wiped Out Passenger Pigeons (and Nearly Bison, Too)

The advent of the railroad collapsed our notions of time and space, and it carved out entire industries whole—we of the 21st century have only the internet for comparison. It also swallowed entire species: The story of how railroads drove the passenger pigeon to extinction—and bison to the brink of it—is a story of… »1/09/14 1:00pm1/09/14 1:00pm

New Ancient Evidence Confirms That Yes, An Asteroid Killed All the Dinosaurs

For most of us laypeople, it's an accepted truth the dinosaurs were wiped out by a big ol' asteroid that smashed into the Earth, easy as that. For scientists, however, there's always been some question as to whether or not that was actually the case. But some new revelations have proven that we dummies were right in… »2/08/13 10:21am2/08/13 10:21am