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The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of th...
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I love reports like these, Thomas. To (re)discover a presumed extinct species is a thrilling thing. It reminds me also of the discovery of the Wollemi pine in probably one of the most botanised regions in Australia (admittedly in one of the most difficult to access places within Wollemi National Park which is described as a labyrinth of canyons -- I've never been there but it's on my list of places to visit). A frog, presumed extinct, was recently rediscovered in Australia (http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/armoured-mist.html&template=news_archive_item), and that story and the myriad others gives hope. That something as large as a Wollemi pine, or a "tree lobster" can remain undiscovered, or not rediscovered, for such a long time adds even more hope for other extinct creatures.

Then there is the debate about extinction. Species have always gone extinct and will continue doing so. But anthropogenic caused extinction is a tricky issue and well beyond the scope of a G+ comment!

Thanks for sharing your link.
 
:) I found this one particularly amazing, that such a tiny population could have survived for some 80 years in a location that precipitous.

A year or two back there was a story of some insect which was formally described when it landed in front of the insect curator in the grounds of the Natural History Museum in London - perhaps the last place on earth you'd expect an unknown species to still exist.
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