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How humanity first killed the dodo, then lost it as well

Posted on 9 Apr 2016 in Archaeology, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Many people think they know what happened to the dodo – but the popular story of its extinction is actually littered with errors. It’s symptomatic of the shameful way the iconic bird has been treated since its extinction. Arguably, we have lost the dodo twice more since then. Image: L. Claessens

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When global warming made our world super-hot

Posted on 16 Sep 2015 in Earth Science, Environment, Journalism, Life

In the late 1980s, as the world’s governments were waking up to the problem of climate change, the mud at the bottom of the ocean near Antarctica revealed a surprise. Earth had lived through rapid global warming before. Image: tauntingpanda

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IUCN list shows no new extinctions – but they loom large

Posted on 23 Jun 2015 in Conservation, Environment, Journalism, Life

Good news or bad? The latest update to the IUCN Red List shows many species are in decline – but no additions to the Extinct category. Even so, evidence is growing that the world is entering another period of mass extinction. Image: Austronesian Expeditions

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How long will life on Earth last?

Posted on 23 Mar 2015 in Earth Science, Evolution, Journalism, Life

All things must pass. That includes life on Earth, which will surely be wiped out eventually. But how long does it have? Image: Image Editor

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Dino-killing asteroid cleared way for modern reef fish

Posted on 2 Apr 2014 in Evolution, Journalism, Life, Palaeontology

Out of crisis comes opportunity. An asteroid-triggered mass extinction 65 million years ago famously wiped out the dinosaurs – but it may also have helped establish the modern reef fish communities. Image: Foto di Spalle

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