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Fifteen-Year Project Quantifies Threat to Reptiles
The study estimates that one-fifth of reptile species worldwide are at risk of extinction.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, rawlinson_photography
Fifteen-Year Project Quantifies Threat to Reptiles
Fifteen-Year Project Quantifies Threat to Reptiles

The study estimates that one-fifth of reptile species worldwide are at risk of extinction.

The study estimates that one-fifth of reptile species worldwide are at risk of extinction.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, rawlinson_photography

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Fossils of African Fauna
African, Arabian Mammals Didn’t Escape Grande Coupure Extinction
Chloe Tenn | Nov 8, 2021
More than two-thirds of mammals in Africa and the Arabian Peninsula went extinct during the Eocene-Oligocene transition some 30 million years ago, a study finds.
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Seventeen “Extinct” European Plant Species Found Alive
Katarina Zimmer | Mar 11, 2021
Plant species officially reported to be lost are in fact persevering in the wild, in seed banks or botanical gardens, or as other species now recognized to be taxonomic synonyms.
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Australian Government Adds a Dozen Animals to Extinct List
Kerry Grens | Mar 3, 2021
The species include the first reptile to be listed and the Christmas Island pipistrelle, a bat last seen in 2009.
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The Booming Call of De-extinction
W. S. Roberts | Oct 19, 2020
Scientists seek to combine genome editing with a technique used in chicken breeding to try to bring back lost birds.
Image of the Day: Bear Sinuses
Amy Schleunes | Apr 10, 2020
A new study finds that the extinct European cave bear’s large sinuses represent a tradeoff between hibernation length and the flexibility of their diets.
Frog-Killing Chytrid Fungus Far Deadlier than Scientists Realized
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 29, 2019
A survey reveals the disease has decimated populations in Central and South America and tropical Australia and contributed to the extinction of 90 species.
Tortoise Not Seen for 113 Years Found on Galapagos Island
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 25, 2019
Chelonoidis phantasticus, or the Fernandina giant tortoise, was feared extinct until an expedition found a lone female in a remote area on the island of Fernandina.
Image of the Day: Seeing is Bee-lieving
Carolyn Wilke | Feb 22, 2019
Four decades after it was thought to have disappeared in the wild, scientists have found a single female Wallace’s giant bee in Indonesia.
World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2018
Only two members of the subspecies are now left alive.
Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All
Catherine Offord | Oct 8, 2017
Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.
Extinction Risk for Invertebrates
Jef Akst | Sep 4, 2012
A new report estimates that human activities as well as other factors are threatening 20 percent of all invertebrate species, including corals and freshwater snails.
Lonesome George Dies Alone
Hayley Dunning | Jun 25, 2012
The world’s last Pinta Island tortoise died this past weekend at the age of 100.
“Extinct” Toad Rediscovered
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
A yellow-bellied dwarf toad, last sighted in 1876, is rediscovered in Sri Lanka.
Dwarf Mammoth Once Roamed Crete
Bob Grant | May 9, 2012
Researchers analyze a diminutive forelimb bone, calling it conclusive evidence that a tiny mammoth resided on the Greek island.