The extinct Dodo bird. Even though the rareness of the Dodo was reported already in the 17th century, its extinction was not recognised until the 19th century. This was partly because, for religious reasons, extinction was not believed possible until later proved so by Georges Cuvier, and partly because many scientists doubted that the Dodo had ever existed. Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the Dodo was entirely fearless of humans.

The extinct Dodo bird. Even though the rareness of the Dodo was reported already in the 17th century, its extinction was not recognised until the 19th century. This was partly because, for religious reasons, extinction was not believed possible until later proved so by Georges Cuvier, and partly because many scientists doubted that the Dodo had ever existed. Like many animals that evolved in isolation from significant predators, the Dodo was entirely fearless of humans.

Coelacanths were thought to have become extinct in the Cretaceous period, along with the dinosaurs, but in 1938, a live specimen was caught in South Africa.  Since then, more specimens have been seen and photographed.

Coelacanths were thought to have become extinct in the Cretaceous period, along with the dinosaurs, but in 1938, a live specimen was caught in South Africa. Since then, more specimens have been seen and photographed.

In 1928 Huberta left her waterhole in the St. Lucia Estuary in Zululand and set off on a 1600 km walk to the Eastern Cape, a journey which took her three years. In that time Huberta became a celebrity in South Africa and attracted crowds wherever she went. She arrived in East London in March 1931, but was shot by hunters a month later. Huberta's body was recovered and sent to a taxidermist in London and can now be seen in the Amathole Museum in King William's Town.

In 1928 Huberta left her waterhole in the St. Lucia Estuary in Zululand and set off on a 1600 km walk to the Eastern Cape, a journey which took her three years. In that time Huberta became a celebrity in South Africa and attracted crowds wherever she went. She arrived in East London in March 1931, but was shot by hunters a month later. Huberta's body was recovered and sent to a taxidermist in London and can now be seen in the Amathole Museum in King William's Town.

Most people know that the world's first heart transplant was performed in Cape Town by Dr Chris Barnard, but did you know that other South African inventions include the CAT scan, and 'Kreepy Krawly'?

East London buildings - Anne Bryant Art Gallery - suburb of Belgravia - home to EL nouveau riche. Wealth in EL

East London buildings - Anne Bryant Art Gallery - suburb of Belgravia - home to EL nouveau riche. Wealth in EL

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