The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global leading authority on the status of biological diversity, has declared the monarch butterfly an endangered species. According to scientists, the monarch population has declined between 23 and 72 percent in the past decade.
Say it isn’t so – a world without giraffes?!?!
Sorry kids, but that lovable knock-kneed doofus we call giraffes may soon be no more. Today the International Union for Conversation of Nature classified the crane-necked creature as “vulnerable” meaning it’s at a high risk for extinction.
Rare photographs of unusual animals before they became extinct
When we think of extinct animals, species which are no longer living, we tend to envision dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, and saber tooth tigers. What you may not know is that several species, some quite unusual, have only recently been wiped out. In fact, some extinct animals ceased to exist after the 1820’s when photography was…
De-extinction for the first time – bizarre extinct frog species brought back from the grave
Rheobatrachus silus, the gastric-brooding frog, is different from most other frogs – it gives birth from its mouth, swallowing eggs to hide in its stomach until they’re ready to hatch then spitting out live baby frogs. Sadly. the frog was last seen in the wild in 1979 and became extinct a few years later. Luckily,…
New impact debris measurements nail Giant Asteroid impact to within 11K years – precisely when dinosaurs disappeared
Paul Renne, a geologist at the Berkeley Geochronology Center (BGC), along with colleagues from U.C. Berkeley as well as researchers from the UK and Netherlands, has resampled radio-isotope measurements from impact debris. It has been over two decades since the debris was analyzed to determine the impact date that theoretically doomed the dinosaurs. The new…