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  • Marine species threatened by deep-sea mining
    [NEWS] IMAGE: These are polymetallic nodules with Plenaster craigi. White line is 1 cm.  Credit: The University of Gothenburg Less than half of our planet's surface is covered by land. The rest is water, and this environment is home to an enormous r…
  • 'Fake fin' discovery reveals new ichthyosaur species
    [NEWS] IMAGE: This is one of the original skeletons of Protoichthyosaurus described by Dr Robert Appleby in 1979 © National Museum of Wales - Dean R. Lomax. Credit: © National Museum of Wales - Dean R. Lomax.jpg An ichthyosaur first discovered in the 1970s but th…
  • Evolution: The beneficiaries of mass extinction
    [NEWS] IMAGE: The mass extinction at the end of the Permian (about 252 million years ago) was the largest in Earth history, in which 70 percent of land-living vertebrates became extinct.  Credit: Victor O. Leshyk, website: victorleshyk.com Mass extinctions were …
  • Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule
    [NEWS] Two of the earth's five mass extinction events - times when more than half of the world's species died - resulted in the survival of a low number of so-called “weedy” species that spread their sameness across the world as the Earth recovered from these dramatic upheavals. The findings could shed light on modern high extinction rates and how biological communities may change in the future. David J. Button, an NC State and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sci…
  • Mathematics predicts a sixth mass extinction
    [NEWS] In the past 540 million years, the Earth has endured five mass extinction events, each involving processes that upended the normal cycling of carbon through the atmosphere and oceans. These globally fatal perturbations in carbon each unfolded over thousands to millions of years, and are coincident with the widespread extermination of marine species around the world. The question for many scientists is whether the carbon cycle is now experiencing a significant jolt that could …


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