World Pangolin Day: These scaly anteaters face extinction in India

World Pangolin Day: These scaly anteaters face extinction in India

Of the eight species of Pangolin found worldwide (four each in Asia and Africa), two are known from India - Indian Pangolin Manis crassicaudata and Chinese Pangolin Manis pentadactyla.

Extinction key to vertebrate diversity: Study

Periods of high extinction on Earth, rather than evolutionary adaptations, may have been a key driver in the diversification of today’s dominant land vertebrates, including reptiles, birds, and mammals, suggests new research.

Half of Amazonian trees at extinction risk

Half of Amazonian trees at extinction risk

A new study has revealed that more than half of the 15,000 species of tree found in the Amazon rain forest are now on the brink of extinction.

Extinction of one predator can trigger demise of another

 The findings suggest that rather than keeping focus on the conservation of a single species, a whole system approach that also includes fellow predators works better for conservation.

For taking toll on vulture numbers, govt bans cattle drug vial

Alarmed by the "steep" decline in the vulture population in India and to protect the bird from "extinction", the government has banned the multidose vial of anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac, which is used for cattle.

Critters, not catastrophe, caused Earth's first mass extinction

A new study has given out the evidence that world's first known mass extinction, which took place about 540 million years ago, had a more subtle cause: evolution itself.

Animals, not catastrophe, caused first mass extinction

The rise of early animals, not meteorite impacts or volcanic eruptions, led to the world's first known mass extinction, which took place about 540 million years ago, suggests new research.

Metal pollution triggered world's largest extinction events

Metal poisoning caused the malformation observed in fossil remains of marine plankton from the late Silurian (415 million years ago) and may have contributed to their extinction and that of many other species, new research suggests.

Sex signals fast disappearing in animals: Study

Mating signals in animal, passed down from generation to generation, were thought to be beneficial for healthy reproduction. However, these signals are fast disappearing in offspring, suggests a new study.

New species of toad found in Brazil

 Brazilian researchers have found a new species of toad that is a little more than 1 cm long and appears to be in danger of extinction.

Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Humans drove gigantic ancient mammals to extinction

Early humans, not climate change, were the dominant cause of the extinction of a variety of species of giant beasts.

'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades

'Endangered' seahorses could be extinct in next three decades

 Seahorses, which have existed for 13 million years, could be the creatures of the past in three decades unless a drastic action is taken.

Mighty mammoths went extinct due to warming Earth

Mighty mammoths went extinct due to warming Earth

 The mighty megafauna of the last Ice Age, including the woolly mammoths, largely became extinct because of rapid climate-warming events, a study says.

Humans will go extinct if plant life not secured: Study

Humans will go extinct if plant life not secured: Study

The continued destruction of the plant life on Earth has put humans in jeopardy, a study says.

Bihar CM orders conservation of state bird sparrow

Bihar CM orders conservation of state bird sparrow

Bihar Chief Nitish Kumar Friday expressed concern over extinction of state bird House Sparrow, and ordered the forest department to launch a special campaign to conserve the bird.

Cars threaten world`s most endangered feline

Cars threaten world`s most endangered feline

The world`s most endangered feline species, the Iberian lynx, is making a comeback in Spain after being pushed to the brink of extinction. But the costly efforts to reintroduce the spotted cat into the wild face an unexpected enemy -- cars.

US wildlife managers declare eastern cougar extinct

US wildlife managers declare eastern cougar extinct

Eastern cougars that once roamed North America from parts of Canada to South Carolina are extinct and no longer warrant federal Endangered Species Act protections, US wildlife managers said on Tuesday.

Iconic Indian fish on verge of extinction: Study

Iconic Indian fish on verge of extinction: Study

A new study has claimed that the 'Humpback Mahseer', a freshwater fish found only in India's Cauvery Basin is on the 'brink of extinction'.

World at risk of 'empty landscape' as large herbivores face extinction

World at risk of 'empty landscape' as large herbivores face extinction

As per a new study, populations of some of the world's large herbivores are dwindling, raising the threat of an "empty landscape."

Woolly mammoth's DNA reveals poignant story of extinction

Scientists have sequenced and analyzed the complete high-quality genomes of two woolly mammoths, which revealed poignant story of their extinction.