Here are five examples of what are often referred to as Lazarus species – breeds that have seemingly come back from the dead, like this elephant shrew. Petr Kratochvil / Needpix As many as one million species of animal and plant could face extinction . This dramatic decline in the health of global biodiversity is a crisis in itself as well as a threat to the wellbeing of the planet’s population, the UN warns. Plus, it poses a very immediate risk to global food security and economic activity. Since the 16th century, hundreds of species of vertebrates have disappeared – almost all due to human-related changes such as loss of habitat or over-hunting. That threat remains present with around 40% of amphibians, 33% of marine mammals and 14% of birds all facing an uncertain future. A quarter of all species are threatened with extinction. Statista That said, there have been many notable conservation successes . There have also been several discoveries of animals that were believed to have become extinct. Here are five examples of what are often referred to as Lazarus species – breeds that have seemingly come back from the dead. 1. Elephant Shrew The last time […]

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