Tag Archive for extinction

Evidence of huge impact event found in Australia: What did it mean for life on earth?

Australian scientists announced they have discovered a twin asteroid impact crater in the Central Australia that may be the largest ever found. The question is, does it correspond to a major extinction event. Maybe, but it’s not clear yet as the age is questionable. World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia | ANU. A…

Hallmarks of a dwindling population

The last of the mammoth population may have experienced high rates of birth defects due to the dwindling numbers and inbreeding, along with prenatal stress. Last Woolly Mammoths May Have Suffered Birth Defects | LiveScience. Fossils of mammoths found near the North Sea and dating to the late Pleistocene, about 12,000 years ago, frequently sported…

Stop eating and using pangolins

We’ve posted before on Doubtful News how the pangolin – scaly anteater – is killed and used for Traditional Chinese Medicine preparations and for consumption. A single animal may bring $7000 on the black market. It is facing extinction thanks to its unusual characteristics. BBC Nature – ‘Shocking’ scale of pangolin smuggling revealed. Official records show…

Monkey rediscovered in Borneo

Monkey thought to be extinct ‘rediscovered’ in Indonesia: Scientists find rare Miller’s Grizzled Langur in jungle Scientists working in the dense jungles of Indonesia have “rediscovered” a large, gray monkey so rare it was believed by many to be extinct. They were all the more baffled to find the Miller’s Grizzled Langur – its black…

Javan rhino extinct in Vietnam from poaching

BBC News – Javan rhino ‘now extinct in Vietnam’. The WWF and the International Rhino Foundation said the country’s last Javan rhino was probably killed by poachers, as its horn had been cut off. Experts said the news was not a surprise, as only one sighting had been recorded in Vietnam since 2008. Fewer than…