All posts tagged with extinction

Link: Extinction of other human species

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Melissa Hogenboom of BBC Earth asks, “Why are we the only human species still alive?” The article features Jean-Jacques Hublin, John Shea and Nicholas Conard...

Link: Underwater lemur trove

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NSF has released a great short video outlining a new discovery of hundreds of subfossil lemur remains from underwater caves in Madagascar: “Enormous underwat...

Clovis gomphotheres

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Guadalupe Sanchez and colleagues reported earlier this month that Clovis artifacts have been found in association with parts of two gomphothere skeletons in ...

Extinction in perspective

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A recent question and answer item in BMC Biology focused on human-induced extinctions, featuring expert Baron Robert May May:extinction:2012 (Open access). I...

Thinking about the dark days

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When it comes to the long term future of humanity, I’m fundamentally an optimist. But The Atlantic has an interview with Nick Bostrom, director of Oxford Uni...

A problem of fuzzy mammoths

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Paleogenomics is changing the way we study evolution. In a number of cases, it now allows us to study extinct organisms with the same methods as we study liv...

"I would run screaming away"

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This is such an incredible story about the “Clovis comet” hypothesis, I don’t know where to start: “Comet Theory Comes Crashing to Earth”.

The Neandertals of Mount Doom

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Well, I already snarked on the science headlines that have been claiming volcanoes “wiped out” the Neandertals. Some variation of this story, swapping in a d...

Mailbag: Neandertal backbreeding

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In your blog, you have commented on the prospect of re-creating a neandertal from a "completed" genome.....I agree with your views and predictions.

Frozen zoo

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The Observer has a nice article describing the “Frozen Zoo” of samples kept by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

Genyornis in Australian rock art?

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Lots of cave paintings in Europe depict animals now extinct. Australian researchers have recently identified a rock painting as a depiction of the extinct th...

Megafaunal meth

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I’ve seen this story around the net today, so I thought I would link to the short research paper by Felisa Smith and colleagues: “Methane emissions from exti...

Back-breeding aurochsen

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I was just talking in class today about how people want to back-breed aurochsen out of extinction. Here’s a new story about the idea, from the Telegraph:

Flying rock skepticism

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Anthropology.net reports on new work by François Paquay and colleagues that casts more doubt on the Younger Dryas impact event (“The Clovis comet that wasn’t...

Kate Wong on Neandertal twilight

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Kate Wong’s cover story in the current Scientific American, “The Mysterious Downfall of the Neandertals”, is also available online. It’s a great pleasure to ...

The bad side of island life

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It’s not news that island populations are vulnerable to invasion by alien competitors and predators. A new study by Helena Berglund and colleagues in America...

Extinct marsupial lion in Australian rock art

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Speaking of super-predators from the past, Natural History Magazine has a short article describing Australian rock art that may depict the extinct marsupial ...

Dutch aurochsen 600 AD

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Not a big story, but nice reminder that some extinct megafauna were still with us in historic times:

When disease strikes an island species

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Jennifer Viegas writes an interesting story about a new study that shows the extinction of Christmas Island rats was driven by black rat diseases:

A hard bolide to swallow?

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For those of you who may be wondering what is wrong with paleoanthropology that we can't just resolve the hobbit problem, I can only say one thing: We are n...

Is language extinction a good thing?

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That's the question posed by Ronald Butters in a recent book review, discussed by Geoffrey Pullum at Language Log. The book is Language in the USA, edited b...

Pig extinctions in Polynesia

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I happened across an interesting article from last year by Christina Giovas that looks at pigs in Polynesia. People carried pigs with them to most of the is...

Taint of the quagga

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Slate has an interesting slide-show by Jon Lackman about efforts to resurrect the quagga. The quagga was either a species or subspecies of Plains zebra, liv...

The Neandertal mtDNA story: 2004 edition

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Note: I wrote this post in 2005. We have learned vastly more about Neandertal genetics since then. These two papers are important to the history of discoveri...