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Jan 1, 2010

Endangered Species: The Good News and the Bad News

from C2NN, submitted by  Cher

Let's start off the new year with some good news: usually when we talk about extinction, we're building a list, but in the last century, thirteen animals were removed from the list.
Thirteen species that were believed to be extinct, some for millions of years, were rediscovered. These so-called "Lazarus species" baffle scientists, who don't tend to declare extinction lightly. With an estimated average that we're losing a plant or animal species every 20 minutes (which is significantly higher than the naturally occurring rate of extinction), these guys are barely a blip on the radar. 4 hours and 20 minutes. Yet, their comeback gives us hope that maybe some of the damage we've done isn't permanent.
Who are the Lucky 13? They range from birds to rodents to bugs:

  1. the Coelacanth (a huge fish),
  2. Bermuda Petrel,
  3. Chacoan peccary (looks a bit like a wild boar),
  4. Lord Howe Island stick insect (larger than your average stick insect and sometimes referred to as "walking sausages"),
  5. Monito del Monte (an adorable little marsupial),
  6. La Palma giant lizard,
  7. Takahe (a flightless bird),
  8. Cuban solenodon (who has the distinction of being a rare venomous mammal),
  9. New Caledonian crested gecko,
  10. New Holland mouse,
  11. Giant Palouse earthworm,
  12. Large-billed reed-warbler,
  13. Laotian rock rat, who is from a family of rodents believed to be extinct for over 11 million years.

It's a pretty amazing group of creatures -- check out their photos
See more of Cher's stories here

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Posted: Jan 1, 2010 6:53pm


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