This Horrible Stick Bug Is No Longer Extinct, SorryA tiny island sits almost four hundred miles from the Eastern coast of Australia. Upon that island once lived a large population of giant stick insects—six inch-long “land lobsters” dwelling in trees—the Dryococelus australis. But a hundred years ago, mankind came along, bringing pests, black rats, with them. The bugs went extinct at the hands of the rats.But climbers at nearby Balls Pyramid, a jagged crag jutting straight out of the water, spotted a fresh D. australis carcass on a climb during the 1960s. Another survey of Balls Pyramid in 2001 found a few specimens alive on a tree, and a 2002 survey found even more. But the bugs on Balls and those on Lord Howe look completely different, leading scientists to wonder: had they truly found the extinct species once again, or had they stumbled upon completely different animal?
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