Several related species of freshwater mussels called pigtoes, found in the Southern United States, have also made a partial recovery. Previously declared extinct, it turns out this species is still hanging on. The tenacity of life is impressive, even though we know there are limits.
(Photo credit: Weitbrech.)
A tree in Tanzania was twice declared extinct, and has re-emerged this year for the second time. Weirdly, Erythrina schliebenii turns out to be a member of the legume family.
I have a soft spot for ancient trees. It’s astounding that just about anywhere in the world, you can seek out woody trunks that have stood in previous historical eras, and more astounding still that we have the audacity at times to cut them down. To think of an entire species of trees disappearing is depressing, and I hope that, in the fullness of time, this one will recover completely.
A Tanzanian forest. (Photo credit: William Warby.)
Photo credit: Kevin Bell - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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