Extinction of threatened marine megafauna would lead to huge loss in functional diversity

Great white shark (stock image).Credit: © Richard / Adobe Stock In a paper published in Science Advances, an international team of researchers have examined traits of marine megafauna species to better understand the potential ecological consequences of their extinction under different future scenarios.advertisement Defined as the largest animals in the oceans, with a body mass that exceeds […]

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Platypus on brink of extinction

Platypus (stock image).Credit: © Ash / Adobe Stock Australia’s devastating drought is having a critical impact on the iconic platypus, a globally unique mammal, with increasing reports of rivers drying up and platypuses becoming stranded.advertisement Platypuses were once considered widespread across the eastern Australian mainland and Tasmania, although not a lot is known about their distribution […]

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Earth was stressed before dinosaur extinction

New evidence gleaned from Antarctic seashells confirms that Earth was already unstable before the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs.advertisement The study, led by researchers at Northwestern University, is the first to measure the calcium isotope composition of fossilized clam and snail shells, which date back to the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction event. The researchers […]

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Extinct giant ape directly linked to the living orangutan

Modern-day orangutan (stock image).Credit: © Stéphane Bidouze / Adobe Stock By using ancient protein sequencing, researchers have retrieved genetic information from a 1.9 million year old extinct, giant primate that used to live in a subtropical area in southern China. The genetic information allows the researchers to uncover the evolutionary position of Gigantopithecus blacki, a three-meter tall […]

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