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Saving Corpse Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction

Saving Corpse Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction

Saving Corpse Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction Saving Corpse Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction To save endangered plant species, horticulturalists are using a tactic they’ve borrowed from horse breeders and zookeepers, building breeding registries or “studbooks” to avoid inbreeding. Naturally, they’re starting with a plant with a Latin name that means “large misshapen penis.” At botanical gardens around …

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This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction

This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction

This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction The ibis and the kiwi are dogged diggers, probing in sand and soil for worms and other buried prey. Sandpipers, too, can be seen along the shore excavating small creatures with their beaks. It was long thought that these birds …

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Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction

Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction Burning Fossil Fuels Helped Drive Earth’s Most Massive Extinction Paleontologists call it the Permian-Triassic mass extinction, but it has another name: “the Great Dying.” It happened about 252 million years ago, and, over the course of just tens of thousands of years, 96 percent of all life in the oceans and, …

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How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories

How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories How Many Plants Have We Wiped Out? Here Are 5 Extinction Stories It isn’t easy to say that anything has truly “gone extinct.” For starters, an untold number of creatures — especially teensy, nocturnal or otherwise cryptic ones — have vanished before humans ever noticed them. Once biologists …

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A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction

A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction

A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction Around the same time, a live specimen turned up in a market in Hong Kong and subsequently found its way to an American collector, who still has it in his possession. “When the species showed up in a …

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Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune

Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune

Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune The New Guinea Singing Dog, a dingo-like animal with a unique howling style, was considered extinct in the wild. But scientists reported Monday that the dogs live on, based on DNA collected by an intrepid and indefatigable field researcher. Their analysis, published in Proceedings …

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Culprit for Mass Extinction 445 Million Years Ago? Global Warming

Culprit for Mass Extinction 445 Million Years Ago? Global Warming

Culprit for Mass Extinction 445 Million Years Ago? Global Warming Culprit for Mass Extinction 445 Million Years Ago? Global Warming It has long been our planet’s greatest and oldest murder mystery. Roughly 445 million years ago, around 85 percent of all marine species disappeared in a geologic flash known as the Late Ordovician mass extinction. But scientists have long debated …

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