Australia confirms extinction of 13 more species, including first reptile since colonisation

Australia confirms extinction of 13 more species, including first reptile since colonisation

The Australian government has officially acknowledged the extinction of 13 endemic species, including 12 mammals and the first reptile known to have been lost since European colonisation. The addition of the dozen mammal species confirms Australia’s unenviable position as the world’s capital for mammal extinction, lifting the total number of mammals known to have died […]

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Petition: 31 Species Declared Extinct in Latest IUCN Red List Update

Petition: 31 Species Declared Extinct in Latest IUCN Red List Update

The International for Conservation of Nature updated its red list this week and includes 31 newly extinct species. There was some good news in the released report as well, however. The European Bison is showing signs of recovering and is no longer listed as “Vulnerable.” The report highlights the success that conservation efforts have had […]

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De-extinction Versus Wildlife Conservation

De-extinction Versus Wildlife Conservation

How possible is de-extinction anyway? Due to how degraded and incomplete most samples of DNA are it would seem to a take a long time to amass enough DNA to complete a full genetic sequence for an animal genome (the genetic data found in gamete cells that are used in reproduction). However, after many samples […]

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POLL: Should We Revive Extinct Species?

POLL: Should We Revive Extinct Species?

It sounds like something from a sci-fi B-Movie: scientists have moved a step closer to bringing the Tasmanian tiger back from extinction. Also known as the thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial died out in its native land sometime during the 1930s. Despite almost 4,000 reports of “sightings” since, including tantalisingly inconclusive […]

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