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'Living fossil' fish may live for up to a century


The coelacanth was thought to live for about 20 years, but a new study suggests it's nearer 100.

From the BBC News-2021-6-17:14:6:1




Secrets of tiny diving mammals revealed


Biologists have uncovered the genetic secrets of water shrews, the world's smallest diving mammals.

From the BBC News-2021-6-14:20:6:1




Scientists say new dinosaur species is largest found in Australia


The Australotitan grew up to 30m (96ft) long and is among the largest dinosaurs found worldwide.

From the BBC News-2021-6-13:14:6:1




Billion-year-old fossil found preserved in Torridon rocks


Scientists said the microscopic fossil was "exceptionally" preserved in ancient rock in Torridon.

From the BBC News-2021-4-29:8:5:1




New species of dinosaur unearthed in Chile's Atacama desert


Scientists found remains of the sauropod in rocks from what is today the Atacama desert.

From the BBC News-2021-4-20:14:6:1




Extinction fears drive The Wildlife Trusts' re-wilding campaign


The Wildlife Trusts says it wants 30% of UK land and sea to be set aside for nature by 2030.

From the BBC News-2021-4-8:8:5:1




Skull of dinosaur called 'one who causes fear' found in Patagonia


The animal had horns and a large skull making it a fearsome predator around 85 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2021-3-31:14:6:1




Extinction: Elephants driven to the brink by poaching


The ivory trade and habitat loss combine to push Africa's elephants closer to extinction.

From the BBC News-2021-3-25:14:6:1




Sir David Attenborough answers dinosaur query from Otis, 4


Four-year-old Otis's mum was stumped, so they wrote to Sir David Attenborough... and he replied.

From the BBC News-2021-3-20:8:5:1




Hundreds of sewage leaks detected thanks to AI


Software originally used to diagnose genetic disorders can detect sewage spills, experts say.

From the BBC News-2021-3-11:8:5:1




Human origins: 'Little Foot' fossil's big journey out of Africa


How the priceless skull of an ancient ancestor was brought to the UK from South Africa for study.

From the BBC News-2021-3-2:8:5:1




Mary Anning: Fossil hunter celebrated with Jurassic 50p coins


The 19th Century fossil hunter's achievements were often overlooked during her own lifetime.

From the BBC News-2021-2-25:8:5:1




Extinction: Freshwater fish in 'catastrophic' decline


Numbers are plunging due to pollution, unsustainable fishing and the draining of rivers.

From the BBC News-2021-2-22:20:6:1




Texas weather: Are frozen wind turbines to blame for power cuts?


Frozen wind turbines are being blamed for power failures - but problems with fossils fuels are a bigger issue.

From the BBC News-2021-2-17:20:6:1




'Hedge trimmer' fish facing global extinction


These extraordinary fish, which are a type of ray, are vanishing in many countries due to overfishing.

From the BBC News-2021-2-12:8:5:1




Extinction: 'Time is running out' to save sharks and rays


Scientists say sharks and rays are disappearing from the world's oceans at an "alarming" rate.

From the BBC News-2021-1-27:14:6:1




Baby tyrannosaurs dinosaurs were the 'size of a Border Collie'


Scans of fossilised dinosaur remains reveal they were about 3ft long when they took their first steps.

From the BBC News-2021-1-25:8:5:1




Giant predatory worm's ancient fossil burrows discovered


Millions of years ago, giant worms as long as an adult human with sharp, slicing jaws were terrorizing the ocean, as they do today, recently discovered fossils suggest.

From the CBC News-2021-1-22:8:5:1




Sabre-toothed tiger cub fossils may reveal family secrets


An apparent family of sabre-toothed cats with an unusual genetic quirk is providing Canadian researchers new hints about how the predators lived tens of thousands of years ago.

From the CBC News-2021-1-21:20:6:2




New light shed on Charles Darwin's 'abominable mystery'


Historical documents are uncovered that provide clues to a puzzle that haunted Charles Darwin.

From the BBC News-2021-1-22:20:6:1




CBC | Technology News


Millions of years ago, giant worms as long as an adult human with sharp, slicing jaws were terrorizing the ocean, as they do today, recently discovered fossils suggest.

From the CBC News-2021-1-21:20:6:1




A Surprise in a 50 Million-Year-Old Assassin Bug Fossil: Its Genitals


Scientists were surprised to find the insect's preserved penis, which suggests it was an unknown species.

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-19:14:6:1




Twins with Covid Help Scientists Untangle the Disease's Genetic Roots


"I want to know," one twin said, "why did she have Covid worse than me?"

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-18:8:5:1




The Real Dire Wolf Ran Into an Evolutionary Dead End


The species' remarkable genetic isolation from other wolves may have contributed to its demise.

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-13:14:6:1




A Question Hidden in the Platypus Genome: Are We the Weird Ones?


Researchers have produced the most comprehensive platypus genome yet, as well as that of another monotreme, an echidna.

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-9:8:5:1




Consultation launched over gene edited food in England


The UK government launches a public consultation on using gene editing to modify livestock and crops.

From the BBC News-2021-1-7:14:6:1




Bryan Sykes, Who Saw the Ancient Past in Genes, Dies at 73


An Oxford scientist with a flair for the dramatic, he introduced millions of people to the secrets of their ancestry through his books and TV appearances.

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-6:20:6:1




U.S. Is Blind to Contagious New Virus Variant, Scientists Warn


It's not too late to curb the contagious variant's spread in the U.S., experts say - but only with a national program for genetic sequencing.

From the NYTimes News-2021-1-6:14:6:1




Ancient DNA Shows Humans Settled Caribbean in 2 Distinct Waves


Millions of people living on the islands today inherited genes from the people who made them home before Europeans arrived.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-23:14:6:1




Pythons Slithered Through Europe Before Coiling Around the World


The oldest known fossils of the predatory snakes were found at a German site, changing the snake family tree.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-20:8:5:1




Ivory From Shipwreck Reveals Elephant Slaughter During Spice Trade


A trove from a Portuguese trading ship that sank in 1533 preserved genetic traces of whole lineages that have vanished from West Africa.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-17:14:6:1




Saving Corpse Flowers From Being Inbred to Extinction


To preserve corpse flowers and other rare plants, botanic gardens are borrowing studbooks, an approach used by zoos and horse breeders.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-11:14:6:1




Alzheimer's Researchers Study a Rare Brain


A woman in Colombia with a rare genetic mutation recently made the ultimate donation to science.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-11:8:5:1




Extinction: Conservation success set against 31 lost species


European bison take a step back from the brink, but there is bad news for other animals and plants.

From the BBC News-2020-12-10:8:5:1




This Unusual Bird Superpower Goes Back to the Dinosaur Extinction


Kiwis, ibises and sandpipers share this sensory power with birds that lived millions of years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2020-12-4:8:5:1




Charles Darwin: Notebooks worth millions lost for 20 years


Cambridge University Library launches an appeal to find the scientist's missing notes and sketches.

From the BBC News-2020-11-24:8:5:1




These Researchers Tested Positive. But the Virus Wasn't the Cause.


Several scientists working with harmless genetic material have discovered that their research may have contaminated their coronavirus tests.

From the NYTimes News-2020-11-12:8:5:1




How One Firm Drove Influence Campaigns Nationwide for Big Oil


FTI, a global consulting firm, helped design, staff and run organizations and websites funded by energy companies that can appear to represent grass-roots support for fossil-fuel initiatives.

From the NYTimes News-2020-11-11:20:6:1




Birds' genetic secrets revealed in global DNA study


Scientists have sequenced the "code of life" of species from almost every branch of the bird family tree.

From the BBC News-2020-11-11:14:6:1




How Some Skinks Lost Their Legs and Then Evolved New Ones


The lizards have complicated a rule of thumb that in evolution, once you lose a body part, you don't regain it.

From the NYTimes News-2020-11-10:20:6:2




Newly discovered primate 'already facing extinction'


Historical museum specimens have helped to solve a long standing scientific monkey puzzle.

From the BBC News-2020-11-10:20:6:1




Student finds mystery pterosaur in Cambridgeshire fossils


Roy Smith made his "exciting" discovery while trawling through wrongly-identified shark fossils.

From the BBC News-2020-11-10:14:6:1




Two-million-year-old skull of human 'cousin' unearthed


The fossil from a large-toothed species helps shed more light on how humans evolved, researchers say.

From the BBC News-2020-11-10:8:5:1




Skull Fossil Shows How Human Cousin Adapted to Changing Climate


A skull found in a South African cave suggests that the species went through a process of microevolution during a chaotic environmental shift.

From the NYTimes News-2020-11-9:20:6:1




Back from the dead: Race to save Romania's 65 million-year-old fish


The nocturnal, prehistoric Asprete has teetered on the brink of extinction for decades.

From the BBC News-2020-11-9:8:5:2




Saving India's tigers from extinction


How the Indian government launched 'Project Tiger' to save the animals from extinction

From the BBC News-2020-11-9:8:5:3




'Mutant coronavirus' seen before on mink farms, say scientists


The coronavirus mutation found in farmed mink in Denmark has arisen in the past, genetic data shows.

From the BBC News-2020-11-9:8:5:1




Tests Show Genetic Signature of Coronavirus That Likely Infected Trump


The White House did not take basic steps to investigate its outbreak. We worked with geneticists to sequence the virus that infected two journalists exposed during the outbreak, providing clues to how it may have spread.

From the NYTimes News-2020-11-1:20:6:1




Ancient Dog DNA Shows Early Spread Around the Globe


Research on fossil canine genomes is expanding and producing some surprises about the lives of dogs and humans in prehistoric times.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-29:20:6:2




Dogs are humans' oldest companions, DNA shows


A study of dog DNA patterns shows that our "best friend" among animals is also our oldest one.

From the BBC News-2020-10-29:20:6:1




Unlocking the secrets of 'six-headed chief' burial


Archaeologists have used DNA analysis to help explain who was buried in the ancient Highlands grave.

From the BBC News-2020-10-17:8:5:1




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


Botanists have laid out evidence that dozens of North American trees, herbs, plants and shrubs have gone extinct since European settlers arrived.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-16:14:6:1




Boy, 12, discovers rare dinosaur skeleton


He was hiking with his father in Alberta, Canada, when he stumbled upon the Hadrosaur remains.

From the BBC News-2020-10-15:20:6:1




Conservation: Bridge of hope for world's rarest primate


An artificial rope bridge across a divided forest could help save the ape, a type of gibbon, from extinction.

From the BBC News-2020-10-15:14:6:1




The Dire Wolf Might Have Prowled Asia, Fossil Suggests


The carnivores likely crossed the Bering Land Bridge into Asia.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-15:14:6:2




Why Scientists Made Venus Flytraps That Glow


By splicing a special gene into the carnivorous plants, scientists visualized the chemistry that helps them snap shut on prey.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-12:20:6:1




Toothless dinosaur with just two fingers discovered


Several complete skeletons of the unusual two-fingered dinosaurs were unearthed in the Gobi Desert.

From the BBC News-2020-10-10:8:5:1




'Real and imminent' extinction risk to whales


A letter signed by hundreds of scientists calls for global action to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises.

From the BBC News-2020-10-9:20:6:1




People With This Mutation Can't Smell Stinky Fish


A very small percentage of people don't mind the pungent odor of fish, a genetic study found.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-8:14:6:1




Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing


Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna developed the Crispr tool, which can alter the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with high precision.

From the NYTimes News-2020-10-7:8:5:3




T. rex dinosaur 'Stan' sold for world record price


The near-complete, 67-million-year-old fossil fetches $31.8m ($24.6m) at Christie's in New York.

From the BBC News-2020-10-7:8:5:2




Scientists win historic Nobel chemistry prize for 'genetic scissors'


Two women have shared the prize for the first time, winning for their work on genome editing.

From the BBC News-2020-10-7:8:5:1




Biodiversity: Why the nature crisis matters, in five graphics


Human destruction of nature has led to the extinction of many plants and animals.

From the BBC News-2020-9-30:14:6:2




Extinction crisis: World leaders say it is time to act


As world leaders line up to address the UN biodiversity summit, experts say our future is at stake.

From the BBC News-2020-9-30:14:6:1




First Fossil Feather Ever Found Belonged to This Dinosaur


To settle a lengthy debate, a team of paleontologists says the specimen unearthed in the 19th century was shed by an archaeopteryx.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-30:8:5:1




Two-fifths of plants at risk of extinction, says report


We are failing to harness the many benefits plants can provide, say scientists.

From the BBC News-2020-9-29:20:6:1




Sir David Attenborough warns world leaders over extinction crisis


The naturalist uses a UN event to call on world leaders to do more to protect nature.

From the BBC News-2020-9-28:14:6:1




Nothing Eats Viruses, Right? Meet Some Hungry Protists


New genetic evidence builds the case that single-celled marine microbes might chow down on viruses.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-24:8:5:2




Spinosaurus dinosaur was 'enormous river-monster', researchers say


The findings come after the discovery of 1,200 dinosaur teeth in an ancient river bed in Morocco.

From the BBC News-2020-9-24:8:5:1




Wild maple trees 'in serious need of conservation'


One in five species of maple are threatened in their natural habitats, an extinction study says.

From the BBC News-2020-9-21:20:6:1




Exhume President Warren G. Harding? Family Feuds in Court


DNA evidence is persuasive that James Blaesing, 70, is the grandson of the 29th president and his mistress. But his cousins are upset by his plan to exhume Harding's remains with a reality TV crew.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-18:14:6:1




The Vikings Were More Complicated Than You Might Think


One of the biggest surveys ever of ancient DNA offers new evidence of who the Vikings were and where they went raiding and trading.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-16:20:6:1




Extinction: Urgent change needed to save species, says UN


Humanity is at a crossroads and action is needed to slow nature's accelerating decline, says the UN.

From the BBC News-2020-9-15:14:6:1




Gene editing to produce 'super dad' livestock


Modified animals could improve sustainable meat production, but safety and ethical issues remain.

From the BBC News-2020-9-14:20:6:1




Extinction Is Not Inevitable. These Species Were Saved.


Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-12:8:5:1




Cancer Projects to Diversify Genetic Research Receive New Grants


Because much cancer research and clinical trials have been based on white populations, efforts to explore the ways race and ethnicity influence disease are underway.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-11:20:6:2




Sir David Attenborough makes stark warning about species extinction


The naturalist looks at the fragile state of the natural world and how human activity drives extinction.

From the BBC News-2020-9-11:20:6:1




Extinction Rebellion: Nuclear power 'only option' says former spokeswoman


Zion Lights says a car-crash TV interview led her to rethink her support for Extinction Rebellion.

From the BBC News-2020-9-10:14:6:1




A Turtle With a Permanent Smile Was Brought Back From Extinction


Scientists have rebuilt the population of Burmese roofed turtles to nearly 1,000 individuals and counting.

From the NYTimes News-2020-9-3:8:5:2




Scientists have the answer to a tadpole mystery


The advance could help protect amphibians from extinction by protecting their breeding grounds.

From the BBC News-2020-9-3:8:5:1




Arrests as Extinction Rebellion protests begin across England


Protesters block a road near Parliament and are planning a "walk of shame" near the Bank of England.

From the BBC News-2020-9-2:8:5:1




Singing Dogs Re-emerge From Extinction for Another Tune


The animal was believed to have disappeared from the highlands of New Guinea, but was found on the island's Indonesian side.

From the NYTimes News-2020-8-31:20:6:1




Fossil Reveals 'One of the Cutest Dinosaurs' Ever Found


While many fossils have been flattened by time and the elements, a titanosaur found in an egg was preserved in three dimensions.

From the NYTimes News-2020-8-27:14:6:1




A Woman May Have Been Cured of H.I.V. Without Medical Treatment


In dozens of other patients who suppress the virus without drugs, it seems to have been cornered in parts of the genome where it cannot reproduce, scientists reported.

From the NYTimes News-2020-8-26:14:6:1




Eigg beach runner stumbles on dinosaur bone


The chance find was made on the Isle of Eigg where scientists have been searching for the fossils for 200 years.

From the BBC News-2020-8-26:8:5:1




Penarth 'dinosaur footprints' investigated by museum


The prospect of a "really, really exciting" find will be checked by the Natural History Museum, experts say.

From the BBC News-2020-8-26:8:5:2




Florida mosquitoes: 750 million genetically modified insects to be released


The aim is to reduce insect-borne diseases but environmental groups warn of unforeseen consequences.

From the BBC News-2020-8-20:20:6:1




'Mummified' plants give glimpse of Earth's future


Fossilised leaves suggest some plants may adapt to grow more quickly as CO2 levels rise.

From the BBC News-2020-8-20:14:6:1




New dinosaur related to T. rex discovered on Isle of Wight


Four bones found at Shanklin belonged to a new species of theropod dinosaur, a study finds.

From the BBC News-2020-8-12:8:5:1




Extinction: Quarter of UK mammals 'under threat'


Review of UK mammals finds that a quarter of native species are at "imminent threat of extinction".

From the BBC News-2020-7-30:8:5:1




Kelp found off Scotland dates back 16,000 years to last ice age


Experts from Heriot-Watt University's Orkney campus analysed the genetic composition of oarweed from 14 areas.

From the BBC News-2020-7-27:20:6:1




Genetic impact of colonial-era slave trade revealed in DNA study


The consequences of rape, maltreatment, disease and racism are revealed by the findings.

From the BBC News-2020-7-24:14:6:1




Viking Age Smallpox Complicates Story of Viral Evolution


An extinct version of the smallpox virus dating to 1,400 years ago prompts speculation about viruses becoming more lethal over time.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-23:20:6:1




DNA Study from 23andMe Traces Violent History of American Slavery


Scientists from the consumer genetics company 23andMe have published the largest DNA study to date of people with African ancestry in the Americas.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-23:14:6:1




Coronavirus: Cracking the secrets of how bats survive viruses


Bats' codes of life contain genetic clues to their "exceptional immunity", which protects them from viruses.

From the BBC News-2020-7-22:14:6:1




Once Science Fiction, Gene Editing Is Now a Looming Reality


The prospect of erasing some disabilities and perceived deficiencies hovers at the margins of what people consider ethically acceptable.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-22:8:5:1




Global Warming Is Driving Polar Bears Toward Extinction, Researchers Say


By century's end, polar bears worldwide could become nearly extinct as a result of shrinking sea ice in the Arctic if climate change continues unabated, scientists said.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-20:14:6:1




Flossie Wong-Staal, Who Unlocked Mystery of H.I.V., Dies at 73


A molecular biologist, she helped establish the virus as the cause of AIDS, then cloned it and took it apart to understand how it evades the immune system.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-17:20:6:1




Goodall: 'Great hope' chimpanzees can avoid extinction


Wild chimpanzees are under threat from deforestation and the bushmeat trade.

From the BBC News-2020-7-15:8:5:1




Scientists Find an Earthquake's Toll in an Organism's DNA


Along a coastline in New Zealand, kelp seems to contain a genetic record of the planet's geological upheaval.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-14:8:5:1




Extinction: One third of all lemurs 'on the brink'


A third of all the lemur species on Earth are "one step from extinction".

From the BBC News-2020-7-9:14:6:1




Some Polynesians Carry Native American DNA, Study Finds


A new genetic study suggests that Polynesians made an epic voyage to South America 800 years ago.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-8:14:6:1




Spirit Bears' Hair Helps Reveal New Genetic Secrets


First Nations peoples along British Columbia's Central Coast led research to help preserve the area's white-furred Spirit bears.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-6:14:6:1




DNA Linked to Covid-19 Was Inherited From Neanderthals, Study Finds


The stretch of six genes seems to increase the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.

From the NYTimes News-2020-7-4:20:6:1




A 'Cure for Heart Disease'? A Single Shot Succeeds in Monkeys


A novel gene-editing experiment seems to have permanently reduced LDL and triglyceride levels in monkeys.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-27:20:6:1




A DNA Mix-Up Involving a Washing Machine Kept a Man in Jail for 3 Years


The Louisiana case highlights how prosecutors and crime labs withhold key documents from defense lawyers, keeping some defendants in custody for months or years.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-26:8:5:1




Dog Breeding in the Neolithic Age


Fossils and modern DNA show the ancient roots of Arctic sled dogs.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-25:14:6:2




Fossil Shows Wombat Relative That Weighed More Than 300 Pounds


Compared in size with modern black bears, the extinct species offers a new window into the large vombatiforms that once lived in Australia.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-25:14:6:1




Lynika Strozier, Who Researched Early Plant DNA, Dies at 35


She overcame a severe learning disability to become a scientist with "golden hands" and most recently a college instructor. She died of Covid-19.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-19:20:6:1




Wildlife Trade Spreads Coronaviruses as Animals Get to Market


DNA tests show an increase in the number of animals with positive tests for some coronaviruses from the time they are trapped until they arrive on someone's dinner plate.

From the NYTimes News-2020-6-19:14:6:1