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Cheetahs Are Dangerously Close to Extinction

Just 7,100 of the big cats remain in the wild, spurring conservationists to call for the species to be declared endangered.<p>The world’s fastest land mammal is racing toward extinction, with the latest cheetah census suggesting that the big cats, which are already few in number, may decline by an …

The 10 Weirdest Animal Stories of 2016

From a shark with a sex organ on its head to a spider with a flashing disco ball, we rounded up Earth's oddest offerings of the year.<p>This was a weird year for many—including Mother Nature.<p>This year brought us two-headed sharks, anal-drumming caterpillars, and a spider with an internal disco …

How long did it take for life to rebound after the death of the dinosaurs?

It doesn't take a very long time to irreversibly change the planet. In just a few dozen millennia — a geologic blink of an eye — three quarters of Earth's living things went extinct 66 million years ago. The cause was probably a massive asteroid impact, possibly accompanied by colossal volcanic …

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