Tag Archives: Extinction

New Research Junks 150-year-old dinosaur temperature debate

New evidence has ended 150-year-old debate on the nature of dinosaurs’ body temperatures and how they influenced activity levels. Research by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists, including John Eiler of the California Institute of Technology, indicates that some dinosaurs had the capacity to elevate their body temperatures using heat sources in the environment, such as the sun. The researchers also believe ...

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Crocs face Extinction Soon Due to Human Expansion: Australian Expert

Many of the world’s 27 species of crocodylians will soon be either totally or locally extinct due to human population expansion and intensive land-use for agriculture depleting the water bodies, which provide succour to crocs, said a University of Queensland researcher. Emeritus Professor Gordon Grigg of UQ says the fact that these reptiles had survived millions of years was no good ...

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Animals, Not Meteorite, Caused First Mass Extinction 540 Million Years Ago: Study

What led to the world’s first known mass extinction 540 million years ago? Not a meteorite or volcano but the rise of early animals, said a new study emphasizing the environmental destruction by these complex early life organism. Since early life consisted of Ediacarans, the world’s first multicellular organisms, the study says it was the appearance of complex animals capable ...

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Human Race on Brink of Extinction? Yes, Says New Study

If the rate at which deforestation is happening doesn’t stop, then mankind too will become defunct, warns a new environment study on deforestation. Agriculture, commercial business, setting up of factories or towering buildings – all such activities have contributed immensely to deforestation that we humans would be the targets of destruction too in the future, says the study . A research team ...

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Songbird, yellow-breasted bunting at risk of extinction? Almost, Says Researcher

The small songbird, yellow-breasted bunting (Emberiza aureola) has been listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 18 months ago but any species that is considered medically beneficial or tasty for food in China hardly lives longer. As late as the 1980s, the bunting was a frequent visitor in the skies of northern Europe and Asia but experts say ...

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Doomsday Prophecy? Yes, say Experts as Massive Asteroid 1950 DA May Hit Earth on March 16, 2880

What happens if Asteroid 1950 DA, speeding at 9 miles per second hits Earth wiping out the entire life on it? Researchers are seriously studying the possible collision, with a chance of one in 300 though the Doomsday prediction is more than 8 centuries away on March 16, 2880. The University of Tennessee scientists say the chances are bleak but ...

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