Posts tagged: extinction

What Would Happen If We Brought Birds Back From The Dead?

Extinction is deeper than death—it’s an irreversible biological loss that extends well beyond individuals. At least, that’s what we’ve always understood it to be. Now, some researchers are betting that, in certain cases, extinction might be able to be undone. The emerging field of de-extinction seeks to revive lost species using advances in synthetic biology, including cloning. […]

Wednesday November 9th, 2016 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on What Would Happen If We Brought Birds Back From The Dead?

Is Earth Experiencing a Mass Extinction Event?

A major taxonomic review of non-passerine birds (non-perching or non-songbirds) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognizes 13 new extinct birds due to fossil finds or splitting species. In total, the new list now recognizes that 140 birds have gone extinct since the year 1500 AD. This means that in the last […]

Monday October 24th, 2016 in , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Is Earth Experiencing a Mass Extinction Event?

One Small Bird Faces Off With the Lone Star State to Keep Its Protection

The Endangered Species Act is all that stands between the Golden-cheeked Warbler and extinction. In the four decades since the Endangered Species Act (ESA) became law, it hasn’t just protected the hundreds of species that have found themselves on the Endangered Species List; it has also inspired proactive collaboration to protect species before a listing becomes necessary. Last year, when the Greater Sage-Grouse […]

Tuesday May 31st, 2016 in , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on One Small Bird Faces Off With the Lone Star State to Keep Its Protection