The doom and gloom tales that involve species in the animal kingdom are quite common in the previous decades. Animals becoming extinct are piling up in the page of history despite best efforts to stop the very things that made them vanished. However, it is a breath of fresh air to know animals with the extinct status but are actually still around until now.
The cretaceous period is supposedly the last sighting of the Coelacanth but in 1938, the species was rediscovered in several nations in Africa, giving it a status of a Lazarus Taxon. The Lazarus Taxon is a group of organisms disappearing from the fossil record but came back to life. The first record for the Coelacanth was 410 million years prior. However, the creatures normally inhabit the bottom of the ocean floor with rare occasions of getting caught to the surface. The colossal creatures could grow over 15-feet long and a single attack against human has been recorded due to the fish’s living preferences.
La Palma Giant Lizard
The gigantic species of lizard was first declared extinct in 1500. The reptilian giant is endemic in La Palma of the Canary Islands. The invasion of cats in the island consequently triggered the gradual downfall of the species. Despite the belief of its extinction, the lizard was rediscovered in 2007 in its original location.
Laotian Rock Rat
Also known as rat squirrel, another supposedly extinct creature is the Laotian Rock Rat, which was rediscovered in 2005. Initial discovery of the creature was disputed since some experts believe that it is not a new species but a member of what scientists thought was an already extinct family of rats. The extinction of the Laotian Rock Rat was during the late Miocene period. The species is not your usual rodent family because they display a large and dark body with squirrel-like tails. Unfortunately, despite the extinction threat, there are still meat markets that sell this species in Laos.
The nocturnal member of the avian family is a ground-nesting sea-bird species. Experts believe that the Bermuda Petrel met its demise 330 years ago. However, the national bird of Bermuda came to life again with its rediscovery in 1951. There were actually not one but 18 pairs of Bermuda Petrel that were discovered. The first extinction story of the avian species is due to the settlement of the English in Bermuda and the introduction of dogs, cats, and rats in the area. Due to the eerie call of the birds, legends consider the isles haunted, preventing sailors from settling in Bermuda.