News tagged with extinction

Reef fish arrived in two waves

(Phys.org) —The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological diversity, including over 4,500 species of fish. A new study shows that the ancestors of these fish colonized reefs in two distinct waves, before ...

dateApr 10, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Extinctions reduces speciation

The same factors that increase the risk of species extinctions also reduce the chance that new species are formed. This is concluded by two biologists at Umeå University. Their findings are published in ...

dateApr 04, 2014 in Evolution
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Sobering update on Jamaica's largest vertebrate

In 1990, the Jamaican iguana was removed from the list of extinct species when a small population was re-discovered on the island. Unfortunately, the species continues to be critically endangered, with only a single location ...

dateApr 01, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Climate change key to megafauna deaths

An ancient DNA specialist from Murdoch University has helped pinpoint the cause of mass extinctions of megafauna such as woolly rhinos, mammoth and other Ice Age mammals.

dateFeb 18, 2014 in Ecology
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