A Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Might Have Wiped Out the Ocean’s Big Animals

A Supernova 2.6 Million Years Ago Might Have Wiped Out the...

For many years, scientists have been studying how supernovae could affect life on Earth. Supernovae are extremely powerful events, and depending on how close they are to Earth, they could have consequences ranging from the cataclysmic to the inconsequential. But now, the scientists behind a new paper say they have specific evidence linking one or…
Super-Steamy Megalodon May Have Actually Been Too Hot to Prevent Termination

Super-Steamy Megalodon May Have Actually Been Too Hot to Prevent Termination

Why did the mega-shark megalodon die out? It could have been its hot metabolism, new research suggests. Credit: Shutterstock WASHINGTON — Why did the monster shark megalodon go extinct? New research has answers, and the shark's high body temperature may have played a part. Megalodon was a mega-shark, an enormous, prehistoric "Big Bad" that still…
How Rising Temperature Levels Suffocated 96 Percent of Sea Life in Earth’s Most significant Termination

How Rising Temperature Levels Suffocated 96 Percent of Sea Life in...

Diplocaulus salamandroides went extinct during the Permian. Credit: Sergey Krasovskiy/Stocktrek Images via Getty Images The end of the Permian period, around 252 million years ago, was a dire time for life on Earth. Scientists believe a series of violent volcanic eruptions occurred in what is today Siberia, pumping greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane…
A Quick Increase in Temperature Level Led to the Worst Termination in our World’s History

A Quick Increase in Temperature Level Led to the Worst Termination...

Everyone knows about the extinction of the dinosaurs. A cataclysmic asteroid strike about 66 million years ago (mya) caused the Death of the Dinosaurs. But there’ve been several mass extinctions in the Earth’s history, and they didn’t involve killer asteroids. The worst extinction was caused by a rapid rise in temperature. Earth’s most severe extinction…
Research study exposes how 500 years of human exploitation has actually developed a harmful ‘termination vortex’ in among the world’s crucial forests

Research study exposes how 500 years of human exploitation has actually...

Centuries of human exploitation in Brazil's Atlantic Forest — one of the world's most important forests — has left it nearly empty, according to new research. More than half of the subtropical forest's local mammal species have been wiped out since Europeans colonized the region in the 16th century, according to the study published in…
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