We have already published several posts dedicated to extinct animals such as these, but in fact, not all species that were ever believed to be extinct are really extinct. There are animals that were considered to be lost forever, but they reappeared to the great surprise of the scientific community. To show you some of the extinct animals that came back to life, we compiled this post with 25 Amazing Animals That Came Back From Extinction.
Clarion Night Snake
This small brownish-black snake is native to the Mexican island of Clarion off Mexico’s Pacific coast. The Clarion Night Snake was considered extinct for almost 80 years until researchers, led by Daniel Mulcahy and Juan Martinez Gomez, rediscovered it in May 2014.
Also known as the Takhi and Dzungarian Horse, Przewalski’s Horse is the last surviving subspecies of the wild horse. It was once driven to extinction in the wild (primarily through interbreeding with other domesticated horses). Thankfully, reintroduction efforts during the turn of the century have successfully grown and sustained wild populations at several sites in Mongolia.
One of the most fascinating extinct animals that reappeared, the Coelacanth, a rare order of fish, was believed to have died out 65 million years ago, during the dinosaur era. However, to scientists’ complete astonishment, the fish was rediscovered in 1938 in South Africa. The Coelacanth is considered to be the missing link that marked the moment when animal life first left the ocean for the land.
Monito del Monte
Despite its name that translates as “the monkey of the mountains,” the Monito del Monte is not a monkey, but a little South American marsupial. Sometimes referred to as the “living fossil,” this nocturnal, arboreal creature was found out to be the only living member of what was considered a long extinct marsupial order, the Microbiotheria.
A special type of nocturnal ant, the Gracilidris was thought to have become extinct around 15–20 million years ago. However, a myrmecologist (a researcher studying ants) who was familiar with ancient fossils of this insect happened to recognize its distinctive features in a live ant he observed in South America in 2006.
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