Category Archives: Extinction

The Year of the Dragon

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The dragon is both revered and feared in many cultures around the world.  This year the Chinese will celebrate the upcoming new year as the Year of the Dragon.  A symbol of strength and royalty, you can find interpretations of these mythical beasts adorning clothing, wall tapestries, statues, and even etched into flesh.  But what do we know about our… Read more »

Devil Facial Tumor Disease

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In honor of Australia Day I thought it would be fitting to write about one of their most beloved species, the Tasmanian devil.  Immortalized as the spinning, incoherent cartoon character, the survival of the real Tasmanian devil is in peril.  A communicative disease called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) is decimating the devil population of Tasmania.  As researchers race to… Read more »

Extinction: The Final Countdown

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The word extinction has shown up several times in the news lately regarding the population status of some wildlife species.  All too often we can identify species that have been deemed extinct, but we are not given an explanation of how this came to be.  Historically, or I should say prehistorically, we know that a meteor striking the earth and… Read more »