On this page, we take a look at five species that went extinct in 2022…
Recent research has found that dolphins have to “raise their voices” in response to heightened background noise. The findings add to existing evidence that anthropogenic noise – that is, sounds stemming from human activity – can be detrimental to ocean animals.
A mountain lion named P-22, who attained celebrity status after taking up residence in Los Angeles’s Griffith Park, recently had to be euthanized after sustaining injuries consistent with being hit by a car.
The recent discovery of a new dinosaur species, Daspletosaurus wilsoni, has helped scientists fill in the gaps in the evolutionary history of tyrannosaurid dinosaurs, settling decades of debate amongst paleontologists.
The fossilized remains of a car-sized, prehistoric sea turtle have recently been found in the Spanish Pyrenees.
The huge reptile is the largest-known sea turtle to have been found in Europe, its size rivaling that of giant sea turtles that swam in the shallow seas covering much of what is now North America during the Late Cretaceous Period.
(Photo above is of a leatherback sea turtle, the largest living sea turtle, which has a leathery shell similar to that of the newly-discovered species.)
Researchers have recorded a chimpanzee showing her mother a leaf simply for the sake of sharing, revealing that it’s not just humans who enjoy sharing things that they have found.
A recent study has found that platypus populations are becoming increasingly fragmented as man-made dams are restricting their movement, putting the unique Australian animal’s future under severe threat.
A giant sunfish discovered off the coast of Portugal’s Azores archipelago in the North Atlantic, is believed to be the world’s heaviest bony fish, weighing 2,744 kg (6049.49 lb).
(Photo above is of the closely-related ocean sunfish, Mola mola.)
A recently-published report has revealed widespread declines in U.S. birds in all habitats except one.
On this page, we examine the key findings of the report, and take a closer look at 10 US bird species identified as “tipping-point” birds – species that have suffered significant decline in their population in the last 50 years.
How many of these ten birds have you seen recently? Have you noticed a decline in their numbers – or in the numbers of any other species? Let us know in the comments section.
Rice’s whale, also known as the Gulf of Mexico whale, was only discovered a year ago, yet is already on the brink of extinction. Found in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico, the cetacean is the only species of baleen whale to reside in the region all year round.
With a population of just 50 individuals, Rice’s whale is thought to be the world’s most endangered whale species.
With fewer than 300 sightings of the megamouth shark having been reported since the species’ discovery in the mid-seventies, the recent appearance of a pair of megamouth sharks just 30 miles off the coast of San Diego came as a surprise to the fishermen who spotted the rare fish.