Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Heaven does ten thousand things for man. Yangtze dolphin declared extinct.
This is no ordinary extinction of the kind that occurs frequently in a world of millions of still-evolving species. The Yangtze freshwater dolphin was a remarkable creature that separated from all other species so many millions of years ago, and had become so distinct, that it qualified as a mammal family in its own right. It is the first large vertebrate to have become extinct for 50 years and only the fourth entire mammal family to disappear since the time of Columbus, when Europeans began their colonisation of the world.
Not the sort of thing we can breed back.

UPDATE: Hurrah!

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