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After 400 Million Years, Coelacanth at Risk of Extinction

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It may have hidden in the ocean for millions of years, but life today poses numerous challenges for the West Indian Ocean coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), the “living fossil” fish that was famously rediscovered off the coast of South Africa in 1938. The few areas in which the fish still swim face destruction from new port [...]

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Extinct Frog Rediscovered in 2011; World Takes Notice in 2013

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What was once lost has now been found. Well, it was actually found about a year and a half ago, but most people just seem to be noticing now. The Hula painted frog was probably never common. The species, native to just a few small habitats in Israel, was only recorded by scientists on a [...]

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Rare Japanese Rabbit Leaves Endangered Species List [Updated]

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Japan has removed the rare, nocturnal, island-dwelling Amami black rabbit (aka the Ryukyu rabbit, Pentalagus furnessi) from its endangered species list, according to a report from The Telegraph. The rabbits can only be found on the remote islands of Amami Oshima and Toku-no-Shima, part of the Ryukyu archipelago located about 350 kilometers south of mainland [...]

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Solenodon: ‘Extinct’ Venomous Mammal Rediscovered in Cuba after 10-Year Search

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A primitive, venomous mammal endemic to Cuba and once listed as extinct has been rediscovered after a decadelong quest. The shrewlike Cuban solenodon (Solenodon cubanus)—a “living fossil” that has not changed much in millions of years—was all but wiped out in the 19th century by deforestation and introduced species. The 30-centimeter-long, nocturnal solenodons possess a [...]

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