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November 25, 2020 - Psychology Today

5 Animals Once Thought Extinct

5 Animals Once Thought Extinct
Sumatran rhinocerosCredit: International Rhino Foundation

Lazarus species are animals thought to be extinct that are subsequently rediscovered. Although often considered a reprieve by Mother Nature from the dark realities of conservation, the limelight that these animals endure can be a double-edged sword, and either generate financial and political support for the species or attract bad actors ready to exploit them.

In a study published in PLOS Biology, Franck Courchamp and colleagues argued that “the human predisposition to place exaggerated value on rarity fuels disproportionate exploitation of rare species, rendering them even rarer and thus more desirable, ultimately leading them into an extinction vortex.”

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