The only Wyoming toads in the world live in Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Wyoming, where they were common until the 1970s, hopping around at the edges of creeks, ponds, and small lakes. Then they started to disappear.
Many scientists believe that the Earth is approaching another mass extinction event. Between deforestation, pollution, hunting, and general human encroachment, all sorts of species are at risk of going extinct. In this week’s future, humans give up on saving species where they live and instead put them in armored zoos.
Rhino horn is more precious than gold on the black market, and our insatiable demand for the stuff has driven rhinos to the brink of extinction. Now a Seattle-based startup has a radical plan to save these incredible animals: Using synthetic biology to manufacture rhino horns in the lab.
There are plenty of strange, beautiful, and altogether unusual animals living amongst us today, but a look through the annals of Earth's ancient history reveals that, when it comes to interesting animals, we missed out. Here's a collection of the some most improbable creatures that once walked the Earth.
Dinosaurs may capture the most attention, but there are all kinds of strange, amazing, and gone animals — ranging from the Wooly Mammoth to giant armadillo Glyptodon —that are just as fascinating. Today, we want to know which one you most would have liked to see.
Until 1996, the ancient horse you see above was designated as extinct in the wild. By 2008, their condition had been upgraded to critically endangered, and today, the IUCN notes that Przewalski's horse population continues to increase. Here's how it happened — and the role zoos played in bringing them back.
Could you imagine the world without tigers or African elephants in the wild? These are just two of the many animals that could go extinct in the while within the next hundred years, thanks in part to habitat loss, hunting, fishing, and disease.
The Earth's climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. We are sowing the seeds of havoc on the Earth, it suggests, and the…
Dryococelus australis, known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster was thought to be extinct by 1920, but in 2001, a small population of the species was rediscovered. This fantastic animated documentary traces that rediscovery and the species and the attempts to bring it back from the brink of…
Using strategically placed camera-traps, conservationists in Australia have found signs of spectacled hare wallabies — a species that hasn't been seen in the area for the past 10 years.
Artist Nicole Antebi has created a series of odd and melancholy commemorative plates devoted to six extinct animal species. Called "The Last Menagerie," they're the perfect science art treasure for your apocalypse knick-knack shelf.
More than three centuries after the last of its species walked on the isle of Mauritius, the skeleton of the dodo bird has been recreated using 3D scanning technology. The virtual model is enabling scientists to reconstruct how it walked, moved and lived to a level of detail that has never been possible before.
Helen James, the Curator-in-Charge of the bird collection at the National Museum of Natural History, is here to today to take our questions! Ask her whatever you want about extinct birds, bird evolution, and the secrets contained in the fossil record.
Deep sea hydrothermal vents, home to exotic forms of life that exist nowhere else on earth, are very close to being commercially mined for precious and rare-earth metals. This could have profound effects on the isolated ecosystems surrounding the vents, some of which have existed for millennia.
So, we are going to do this. In our lifetimes, we will genetically engineer an extinct species and bring it back from oblivion.
Fossil and genetic evidence tell us that animals have been going extinct since long before the existence of modern humans – but how might extinction rates differ if humans suddenly ceased to exist? A recently updated calculation suggests the rate of die-offs would be lower. Much, much lower.
In 1967, biologists Robert MacArthur and E.O. Wilson developed a new ecological theory: Island Biogeography. It wound up becoming crucial to the way we understand how animals adjust to living in a world that has been completely altered by humans.
It's only Tuesday, but already this week's news is apocalyptic: the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is unstoppable, the UN is debating whether to ban killer robots and the U.S. and Russia are going 1980s-retro with nuclear war games. What should worry us the most? Here's what two experts think.
In the latest episode of It's Okay to be Smart, Joe Hanson takes a look at the far future of Earth, our solar neighborhood, the Milky Way and the Universe at large.