Global climate wrecked by volcanoes caused the largest mass extinction ever

Geologists uncover new clues about largest mass extinction ever A new study could help explain the driving force behind the largest mass extinction in the history of earth, known as the End-Permian Extinction. The event, also known as the Great Dying, occurred around 250 million years ago when a massive volcanic eruption in what is…

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Darwin — We’ve Got a Problem

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen   Biology has a ‘new’ problem: Speciation Reversal.  One recent paper on the topic declares: “We argue that extinction by speciation reversal may be more widespread than currently appreciated. Preventing such extinctions will require that conservation efforts not only target existing species but identify and protect the ecological and evolutionary…

Science Gone Stupid: Human Extinction Edition

Guest post by David Middleton Wonkblog Analysis We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct By Christopher Ingraham October 6 “The probability of global catastrophe is very high,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned in setting the Doomsday Clock 2.5 minutes before midnight earlier this year. On nuclear weapons and climate change, “humanity’s…

What's the Recovery Rate from Extinction?

Guest post by David Middleton It’s at least 67% among the Incilius genus of toads. AMPHIBIANS Frog not sighted in 30 years and declared extinct reappears in Costa Rica Published June 07, 2017 SAN JOSE –  Costa Rican scientists reported Tuesday the reappearance of an endemic frog species that had not been sighted for three decades. It…

Sarcosuchus Imperator, which lived in the much warmer Cretaceous Age, author Arthur Weasley, source Wikimedia.

Claim: Climate Change is Endangering Crocodiles

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study by University of Queensland Professor Craig Franklin claims that crocodiles may be endangered by global warming. According to the Press Release; Professor Craig Franklin of the UQ School of Biological Sciences said saltwater crocodiles exposed to long-term elevated water temperature spent less time submerged once water temperature exceeded…

Well, at least the daphnia will survive 'climate change'

There’s lots of worries about “species extinction” due to climate change, and so far the track record on those predictions isn’t doing so good, such as the First animal claimed extinct due to ‘climate change’ found ‘alive and well’. From KU Leuven Water fleas genetically adapt to climate change The water flea has genetically adapted…