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A skeleton of a fish lies forgotten on the dry bed of Lake Penuelas outside Santiago, Chile.

16 signs we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Earth is in the midst of a sixth mass extinction, thanks to climate change and human-driven habitat destruction.
41% of global insect species are at risk, a new study finds.

Insects are dying off at record rates — an ominous sign we’re in the middle of a 6th mass extinction

Some 40% of world insects are in decline as part of the sixth mass extinction. If the decline continues, Earth could be devoid of insects in 100 years.
The giant ground sloth bones at Campo Laborde.

Humans once hunted and butchered giant ground sloths in South America, 12,600-year-old bones reveal

Giant sloth fossils from a site in Argentina reveal that the animal was hunted and killed by humans 12,600 years ago.
Wallace's giant bee is about the size of a human thumb, far larger than the average honey bee.

The world’s largest bee was found in the wild 38 years after its last sighting. It was one of the planet’s top 25 ‘most wanted’...

Wallace's giant bee hadn't been seen alive for nearly four decades. Now, scientists have found and photographed it in Indonesia.
The Bramble cay melomys weighed less than an avocado and dined on plants and possibly the occasional turtle egg.

Meet the first species to go extinct because of climate change — it was tiny, cute, and fluffy

The Australian government officially declared the Bramble cay melomys extinct. It's arguably the first animal to go extinct due to climate change.
The vertebrae and humerus of the "Antarctic King," uncovered in the rocks of the Transantarctic Mountains.

A tiny dinosaur relative named the ‘Antarctic King’ has been discovered at the South Pole

Paleontologists discovered a tiny dinosaur relative at the South Pole, which they've named "Antarctic King." The fossil is some 250 million years old.
The trumpeter swan was over-hunted.

10 birds that came back from the brink of extinction

With the work of conservationists, animals can come back and thrive. Here are 10 bird species that returned from the brink of extinction.

Deliveroo will permanently remove all shark fin dishes from its platform

Shark fin is officially off the menu for Deliveroo users.

The world’s last northern white rhino, who showed ‘what extinction looks like,’ was captured in this stunning photo before he died

Sudan's story, and the story of the northern white rhinoceros, is emblematic of how destructive the relationship between humans and animals can be.
An illustration of comets and asteroids striking planet Earth.

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered a natural disaster that scientists hadn’t realized, according to new clues from the ocean floor...

When the Chicxulub asteroid hit Earth, it filled the skies with soot and smoke, caused volcanoes to explode, and even triggered underwater eruptions.