Extinct wildlife

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Scientists picking over ice age bones discover vultures once soared in Australia’s skies
Cryptogyps lacertosus was similar in size to a wedge-tailed eagle but anatomical differences suggest it was a scavenger rather than a hunter

Donna Lu

19, Jul, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Life will find a way: could scientists make Jurassic Park a reality?
Just a few years from now, herds of woolly ‘mammoths’ could be roaming the Siberian tundra. Are dodos and dinosaurs next for de-extinction?

Ian Sample

21, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Plants humans don’t need are heading for extinction, study finds
Bleak picture for biodiversity as analysis of over 80,000 species forecasts more losers than winners

Sofia Quaglia

10, Mar, 2022 @4:00 PM

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Wanted lost species: blind salamander, tap-dancing spider and ‘fat’ catfish
A Texas-based group has drawn up a new list as part of its quest to find species lost to science and possibly extinct

Oliver Milman in New York

09, Feb, 2022 @6:13 PM

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‘We can’t save everybody’: could biobanking offer Australian animals a last hope against extinction?
As Australia faces an extinction crisis, some conservationists say that, to save some endangered species, we must have a national plan to freeze them

Lydia Hales

11, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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‘Really sad moment’: bogong moth among 124 Australian additions to endangered species list
Ecologists say numbers declined by about 99.5% three years ago, likely due to drought, pesticides and light pollution

Lisa Cox

09, Dec, 2021 @11:03 PM

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Twite – or ‘Pennine finch’ – on brink of extinction in England
Despite rescue efforts to plant ‘twite meadows’ only 12 pairs of seed-eating bird bred this summer

Patrick Barkham

06, Nov, 2021 @8:00 AM

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If you are like me and get excited about rodents you will love this adorable mouse | First Dog on the Moon
It has been years and years of searching – all of it using the gold standard Australian furry animal bait

First Dog on the Moon

22, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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My sci-fi novel about recreating an extinct species is becoming a reality – but even if we can, should we? | James Bradley
The idea of reintroducing mammoths to the Arctic to slow climate change isn’t entirely fanciful, but it does raise deeper ethical concerns

James Bradley

21, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Escape from Extinction review – eco plea bordering on pro-zoo propaganda
Helen Mirren narrates this documentary which seeks to correct some misconceptions about zoos but ends up feeling hard to trust

Phil Hoad

19, Sep, 2021 @9:39 AM

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Success of past rewilding projects shows path to restoring damaged ecosystems
Concept is now widely accepted after initial controversy around projects such as Yellowstone wolves – though opposition remains

Stephen Moss

13, Sep, 2021 @6:23 PM

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Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction
Scientists set initial sights on creating elephant-mammoth hybrid, with first calves expected in six years

Ian Sample Science editor

13, Sep, 2021 @2:00 PM

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