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Climate change: More studies needed on possibility of human extinction


New research says it could be "fatally foolish" not to think the unthinkable on climate change.

From the BBC News-2022-8-1:20:6:1




Big Butterfly Count: People asked to join in to help address extinction


Conservationists says two-fifths of British species are under threat.

From the BBC News-2022-7-15:8:5:1




Unsustainable logging, fishing and hunting 'driving extinction'


A landmark report calls for action to stop the over-exploitation of wild plants, animals and fungi.

From the BBC News-2022-7-8:8:5:1




Huge plan to map the DNA of all life in British Isles


Scientists are planning to sequence the genomes of all species, including plants, animals, fungi, found in Britain and Ireland.

From the BBC News-2022-6-13:20:6:1




Scotland and UK split over gene-edited food


The food should not be "forced" on Scottish markets by a new UK bill, a government minister says.

From the BBC News-2022-6-11:20:6:1




Europe's 'largest ever' land dinosaur found on Isle of Wight


University of Southampton palaeontologists identify the remains of a dinosaur measuring 32ft.

From the BBC News-2022-6-9:14:6:1




Megalodon shark extinction may have been linked to great white competition


The great white shark could have helped push the megalodon to extinction through a battle for food.

From the BBC News-2022-5-31:14:6:1




Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Pompeii victims


It is an almost complete set of "genetic instructions" from people who died when Mount Vesuvius erupted.

From the BBC News-2022-5-26:14:6:1




Government sends gene-edited food bill to Parliament


The legislation will allow the commercial development of genetically-edited plants and animals in England.

From the BBC News-2022-5-25:8:5:1




Gene-edited tomatoes could soon be sold in England


A bill is to be introduced in Parliament in two days' time to allow the commercial growing of gene-edited crops in England.

From the BBC News-2022-5-23:14:6:1




Mary Anning: Lyme Regis fossil hunter's statue unveiled


The artwork stands in her hometown of Lyme Regis thanks to a teenager's four-year campaign.

From the BBC News-2022-5-22:8:5:1




Extinction: Why scientists are freezing threatened species in 'biobanks'


Conservation scientists hope that preserving genetic material offers future insurance against extinction

From the BBC News-2022-5-19:14:6:1




Vaquita: World's most endangered sea mammal 'not doomed'


Only 10 of the small silver porpoises are left on the planet, but genetic studies offer new hope.

From the BBC News-2022-5-6:8:5:1




One in five reptiles is threatened with extinction


Crocodiles and turtles are in a particularly dire situation, according to a global assessment of risks.

From the BBC News-2022-4-27:14:6:1




Australia's koalas: Freeze sperm to save species, say researchers


Bushfires have killed many thousands of the marsupials, who are threatened with extinction.

From the BBC News-2022-4-13:8:5:1




Biodiversity: What is it and how are we protecting it?


The planet is experiencing its sixth mass extinction event, but it is hoped action can be agreed.

From the BBC News-2022-3-29:8:5:1




Fossil of largest Jurassic pterosaur found on Skye


A student on a field trip finds the world's largest complete fossil of a 170-million-year-old pterosaur.

From the BBC News-2022-2-22:8:5:1




Cambridge University Botanic Garden's 'Newton's apple tree' falls in storm


The tree is one of many cloned from the one that led Isaac Newton to discover the laws of gravity.

From the BBC News-2022-2-21:8:5:1




Neanderthal extinction not caused by brutal wipe out


New fossils challenge ideas that modern humans wiped out Neanderthals after arriving from Africa.

From the BBC News-2022-2-9:20:6:1




Rutland sea dragon: How remarkable ichthyosaur fossil was protected


The inside story on how the UK's largest, most complete ichthyosaur fossil was saved for the nation.

From the BBC News-2022-1-16:20:6:1




Man gets genetically-modified pig heart in world-first transplant


David Bennett, 57, is doing well three days after the experimental surgery, doctors say.

From the BBC News-2022-1-11:8:5:1




Richard Leakey - fossil expert, conservationist and politician


The achievements of Richard Leakey, who has died aged 77, were as remarkable as they were diverse.

From the BBC News-2022-1-3:20:6:1




Biodiversity: The tale of the 'un-extinct' fish


A Mexican fish species has been "brought back from extinction" after a decades-long rescue mission.

From the BBC News-2021-12-29:8:5:1




Leading American naturalist EO Wilson, dubbed 'Darwin's heir', dies at 92


The award-winning naturalist and conservationist earned the Darwin nickname for his life's work.

From the BBC News-2021-12-27:20:6:1




World's oldest family tree created using DNA


Scientists have created the world's oldest family tree from bones interred at a 5,700-year-old tomb.

From the BBC News-2021-12-23:14:6:1




Ancient mass-migration linked to British genes


Scientists uncover evidence for a large-scale, prehistoric migration into Britain in the Bronze Age.

From the BBC News-2021-12-22:14:6:1




Perfectly preserved dinosaur embryo found in China


Researchers say the fossil is at least 66 million years old and was about to hatch just like a chicken.

From the BBC News-2021-12-21:20:6:1




Largest-ever millipede fossil found on Northumberland beach


It is thought to have been more than 2.5m long and lived 326 million years ago in Northumberland.

From the BBC News-2021-12-21:8:5:1




Gene edited sex selection may spare animal suffering


A gene editing technique may prevent the slaughter of animals not needed by the livestock industry.

From the BBC News-2021-12-3:8:5:1




Scientists claim big advance in using DNA to store data


Scientists say they have made a major step forward in storing information in molecules of DNA.

From the BBC News-2021-12-1:14:6:1




Rules to create gene-edited farm animals must put welfare first - review


Ethics experts publish a report as the government considers whether to allow gene-edited farm animals.

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




Sitting Bull: DNA confirms great-grandson's identity


A sample of the Native American leader's hair confirms the identity of his great-grandson.

From the BBC News-2021-10-28:8:5:1




Kenyan northern white rhino Najin retired from breeding scheme


Najin, 32, has been part of a programme in Kenya trying to save her species from extinction.

From the BBC News-2021-10-22:8:5:1




New species of dinosaur unearthed by Isle of Wight fossil hunters


About 50 bones of the carnivorous dinosaurs are found on a beach in southern England.

From the BBC News-2021-9-29:8:5:2




Brexit paves the way for gene-edited crops


Ministers will relax regulation of gene-edited crops to allow their commercial growing in England.

From the BBC News-2021-9-29:8:5:1




Australian researchers uncover fossil of new eagle species


Palaeontologists from Australia found the 'exceptional' fossilised remains in 2016.

From the BBC News-2021-9-28:14:6:1




Australian bandicoot brought back from brink of extinction


The small furry Eastern Barred Bandicoot is bumped off an Australian "extinct in the wild" list.

From the BBC News-2021-9-15:14:6:1




Asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs shaped fortunes of snakes


Snakes owe their success in part to the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.

From the BBC News-2021-9-14:14:6:1




Saving Australian frog species on the brink of extinction


Scientists fear four species are already extinct but say urgent action can save others.

From the BBC News-2021-9-6:8:5:1




Tuna bounce back, but sharks in 'desperate' decline


Extinction list update reveals mixed news for marine life, as world conservation summit open in France.

From the BBC News-2021-9-4:14:6:1




One-in-three trees face extinction in wild, says new report


Experts say 17,500 tree species are at risk around the world, including magnolias, oaks and maples.

From the BBC News-2021-8-31:20:6:1




Climate change: At-risk nations fear extinction after IPCC report


The most vulnerable developing countries plead for action after a stark warning from a UN panel.

From the BBC News-2021-8-10:8:5:1