Monthly Blog Archives: December 2014

Seychelles among five small island nations declared world leaders in conserving threatened species – Seychelles News Agency

(Seychelles News Agency) – Small island developing states have shown themselves to be better at reversing extinction threats in their endemic vertebrate species than some of the richest nations in the world. This is according to a recent study conducted by conservation scientists from the Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and BirdLife International. Five small island developing nations (SIDS) were the only nations to have achieved […]

Low Oxygen Hobbled Recovery from History’s Worst Extinction

SAN FRANCISCO — Wild temperature swings and low oxygen conditions may have caused life on Earth to recover in fits and starts from the planet’s worst extinction, new research suggests. After the end-Permian extinction, in which most life on Earth perished, life rebounded only to be blasted again by hostile environmental conditions. “It was a series of rebounds and resets,” said study co-author Carlie Pietsch, a doctoral candidate in earth sciences at the University of […]

What Killed the Dinosaurs Drove the Kangaroo’s Cousin to Extinction | Big Think

The theories behind the demise of the dinosaurs is well-known. Death by asteroid is one of the more popular possibilities, but volcanic eruptions may have had a part to play. Regardless, these reptilian giants died-out–food became scarce and temperatures dropped, allowing our, smaller furry mammalian ancestors to have their time in the sun. But Eric Mark of Forbes explains that our species could have been wiped out just as easily, according to a recent study. […]

New fish species discovered in deepest part of Pacific Ocean | The Rundown | PBS NewsHour

A new fish species has been discovered living at the greatest depths ever explored in the Pacific Ocean, researchers announced Friday. Biology professor Paul Yancey and students from Washington state’s Whitman College found the translucent fish swimming in the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean and Earth’s deepest location found off the coast of Guam. A video shows the yet-to-be-named fish gliding slowly and looks almost as if it’s wearing a diaphanous nightgown […]