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May 13, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Twelve percent of Mexico's spiny lizard population has been driven to extinction over the last quarter-century by increasing local temperatures, a phenomenon that is linked to global warming, researchers said Thursday. The results suggest that, if warming continues, nearly 40% of all lizard populations globally and 20% of all lizard species could become extinct by 2080, the authors said. Lizards may not be cute and cuddly animals, but they are a valuable link in the global food chain, consuming large amounts of insects and serving as food for larger species.
August 20, 2009 | Margot Roosevelt
Wolves, bears, frogs and other wild things aren't the only sorts of endangered species. Rare breeds of domestic animals such as Red Wattle pigs and Narragansett turkeys are also threatened with extinction. So are thousands of varieties of vegetables and fruits. Just as wild plants and animals have their environmental champions, so foodies are seeking to preserve the biodiversity of cultivated species and rescue rare delicacies such as California's Sebastopol Gravenstein apple.
July 29, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The number of tigers living in the wild in Nepal has leapt. A new survey shows Royal Bengal tigers now number 198 -- that's 63% more than four years ago. The country's efforts are part of a global program to pull tigers back from the brink of extinction. The government survey from Nepal was released Monday, on World Tiger Day, at a meeting of conservationists and wildlife experts in the nation's capital, Katmandu, according to the French news agency, Agence France-Presse . Experts chalked up the gains in Nepal to a crackdown on poaching and better management of the tigers' habitat.
July 22, 2013 | By Julie Cart
The world's most endangered feline species may become extinct in the wild within 50 years, researchers say, a victim of climate change. A new report projects that Iberian lynx could become the first cat species in at least 2,000 years to become extinct, researchers found, largely because of the decline of the European rabbit, which makes up 80% of the cat's diet. The report, published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change, warns that current efforts to boost population of the distinctive tufted-eared cat will only “buy a few decades” for the animal that was once abundant in parts of Spain, Portugal and France.
February 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even if the rom-com "Cavemen" wasn't opening a week after the similarly themed "That Awkward Moment," it would still feel like yesterday's news. At least "Awkward," contrived and mediocre as that Zac Efron vehicle is, has some It-boy sheen. "Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make. Meet aspiring screenwriter Dean (Skylar Astin), a decent sort blessed with not one but two jerky circles of guy pals.
October 4, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
One-fourth of the world's species of mammals are threatened with extinction, and about half of those may be gone in as little as a decade, according to the most complete global analysis of endangered animal species ever compiled. The report was released by the IUCN-World Conservation Union, the recently renamed international body that has collected endangered species data for more than 35 years.
January 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Global warming could doom hundreds of land plants and animals to extinction over the next 50 years by marooning them in harsh, changed surroundings, scientists warn. A new analysis enlisting scientists from 14 laboratories around the world found that more than one-third of 1,103 native species they studied could vanish or plunge to near-extinction by 2050. The findings were published in the Jan. 8 issue of Nature.
July 4, 2012 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
White abalone, the endangered shellfish that once numbered in the millions off the Southern California coast, have declined precipitously over the last decade and are on the brink of extinction, a study has found. In research published this week, scientists for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported "a dramatic and continued decline" in the population of hard-shelled sea snails, a trend that has only worsened since they were protected from overfishing in the 1990s.
February 11, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tiny, glassy particles from Haiti provide new evidence that a huge asteroid struck the Earth about 65 million years ago, killing off the dinosaurs and other life forms, a team of researchers reported last week in the journal Nature. Chemical and structural analysis suggests that the glass blobs were formed from rock by the extreme heat of such an impact, they said.
March 7, 1988 | Compiled by Times staff and wire reports
A new theory links the extinction of mammoths and mastodons to the disappearance of salt licks in Michigan at the end of the Ice Age. The idea was put forward by three Michigan researchers who observed that the state's many salt deposits are situated in the same region in which fossils of the extinct elephants have been found. Salt deposits are common in the southern half of Michigan's lower peninsula, which supplies about a quarter of the salt used in the country.
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