29 Sep '11, 3am

Bird Thought Extinct for 150 Years Makes a Comeback

Every day, countless threatened and endangered species inch ever closer to the point of extinction -- but it's rare indeed to have one, thought lost to the ages, make such a comeback. For over 150 years, biologists believed a small species of seabird known as the New Zealand Storm Petrels had been wiped out entirely, with only stuffed museum specimens to memorialize their existence. But then, several years ago, eagle-eyed birders caught a chance glimpse of a petrel that looked so similar, reviving hope that the species may be alive yet -- and now, DNA tests have confirmed it. When, in 2003, bird-watchers spotted the distinctly colored New Zealand storm petrel, it seemed to be the first appearance of the rare bird since the 1850s -- but biologists had their doubts. As the years passed, sightings of these birds became more frequent, leading some to suspect that they were mer...

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