Friday, February 10, 2012

Top 10 Rediscovered Species

Here are the top 10 Animals feared extinct but were again  rediscovered by our generation.

10.  Short-footed Luzon Tree Rat or Greater dwarf cloud rat

Last seen 112 years ago. It was recently rediscovered by a team if Filipino and American Scientist. The dwarf cloud rat was captured by Danilo Balete, Project Co-Leader and Research Associate of the Philippine National Museum, in a patch of mature mossy forest (also called cloud forest) high on Mt. Pulag, at about 2,350 meters above sea level. It was in the canopy of a large tree.

The greater dwarf cloud rat (Carpomys melanurus) has dense, soft reddish-brown fur, a black mask around large dark eyes, small rounded ears, a broad and blunt snout, and a long tail covered with dark hair. An adult weighs about 185 grams.

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists have observed one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates - 80 years after it was thought to have become extinct.
The pygmy tarsier is a mouse-sized big-eyed animal that weighs almost 60 grams. The last one spotted alive was in 1921 before the species went into hiding.

Presumed extinct last century. It was rediscovered last 1959. Today there are approximately 10,000–20,000 in the wild and as of 2011, 42 different institutions display them worldwide.

7.  Takahe

Presumed extinct  in the 18th century but was found alive last 1948 by Dr. Geoffrey Orbell in  Lake Te Anau  in the southwestern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The discovery stunned the world of ornithology and made front-page news across the globe.

Bermuda Petrel was thought extinct for almost three centuries. In 1951, 18 pairs were rediscovered breeding on sub-optimal rocky islets in Castle Harbour, Bermuda.

Believed extinct (last seen in 1908), but in 1994 was rediscovered when a few specimens turned up in Asian food markets. Extremely difficult to establish in captivity and status in the wild was still critical.

4 Terror Skink

known only from a single specimen, collected on the same island by Monsieur Balanza in about 1870.  The terror skink was rediscovered in 2003 in New Caledonia. The skink measures around 50cm and has long sharp curved teeth – unusual for a skink as they are normally omnivores.

3. New Holland Mouse

It was first described by George Waterhouse in 1843. It vanished from view for over a century before its rediscovery in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park north of Sydney in 1967. It is found only in Australia, within the states of New South WalesVictoria, and Tasmania.

2. The Woolly Flying Squirrel
MISSING since early in the century, the woolly flying squirrel was thought to have gone extinct, apparently having vanished from the Himalayas' frigid cliffs. But this giant among squirrels has resurfaced in northern Pakistan. 

thought to have gone extinct with the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. But its discovery in 1938 by a South African museum curator on a local fishing trawler fascinated the world and ignited a debate about how this bizarre lobe-finned fish fits into the evolution of land animals.

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The alleged woolly mammoth in Siberia was not included

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