Wreck at EL in 1858 Buffalo River mouth

Wreck at EL in 1858 Buffalo River mouth

South Africa

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.

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