The Paraná basin in Brazil provides evidence that one of the world’s largest super-eruptions did not cause a mass extinction.
Huge volcanic eruptions were once believed to be the cause of mass extinctions on Earth. However, new research has found that super eruptions did not necessarily result in mass extinctions.
A large impact.
A new study found iridium, an element found in asteroids, in the rocks of the Chicxulub impact crater.
Microbial mats in Shark Bay, Western Australia, similar to those that lived around 200 million years ago.
Yalimay Jimenez Duarte WA-OIGC, Curtin University
The end-Triassic mass extinction was a cataclysm for the world's prehistoric species, killed off by volcanoes that altered Earth's seas and skies. But new research shows it didn't happen when we thought.
D. Bonadonna/ MUSE, Trento
Our new research has discovered how a series of volcanic eruptions 233 million years ago fundamentally changed life on Earth.
Unlike mammoths, bison survived in Alaska at the end of the last ice age.
The historical record is full of surprises – and it could encourage conservationists to think more creatively.
The risks to nature from man-made global warming – and the imperative to act – are clear.
Loskop, one of the two hills at the Permo-Triassic boundary site in the Karoo Basin in South Africa’s Free State province.
The analysis suggests that there was a mass extinction event at the time of the end-Permian, on land - and that it happened at the same time as the marine end-Permian extinction.
A Neanderthal skull shows head trauma, evidence of ancient violence.
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
300,000 years ago, there were lots of different species of human. Now it’s only us – and we're probably the reason why.
The “Grey Skull” specimen turned out to belong to an entirely new dinosaur species and genus.
The more we know about the animals that lived during this time, the more we can start to comprehend how species react and recover after an extinction event.
Growing evidence suggests that the extinction of the dinosaurs involved profound, complex and interconnected changes to the global systems that support life. Much like we are facing today.
Dinosaurs had some bad luck, but sooner or later extinction comes for all of us.
Death is inevitable for individuals and also for species. With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than another.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope.
When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
A drying climate caused a mass extinction among plants, but paved the way for the ancestors of modern reptiles, mammals, and birds.
The extinction of dinosaurs is one of the many periods of mass extinctions on earth.
Scientists believe since 2010 we have entered the sixth period of mass extinction. CO2 emissions will change the lives of plants and animals in the next three to four decades.
KobchaiMa / shutterstock
The planet has seen five 'mass extinctions' over the past half billion years, but each was followed by an explosion in biodiversity.
Are we in the middle of a mass extinction caused by Homo sapiens? Past events can help us to understand the current crisis.
Mercury found in prehistoric rock bolsters the idea that volcanoes caused a mass extinction 200m years ago.
The Russian town of Noril’sk contains the world’s most valuable source of mined nickel.
Noril'sk mine and town, 2014.
The Noril’sk nickel deposits In Russia are unique: giant volcanic eruptions 250 million years ago released colossal amounts of nickel into the atmosphere, kickstarting the Great Dying.
The Earth’s magnetic field is hugely important to our survival.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre/Flickr
A geomagnetic reversal may have a severe impact on humans.
The great grey owl is imperiled by intensive logging of northern-hemisphere forests.
Copyright Ondrej Prosicky/Shutterstock.
The jury is in and the debate is over: Earth’s sixth great extinction has arrived.