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Lazarus species: 13 'extinct' animals found alive

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 5, 2009, 12:43 p.m.
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Photo: Three animals previously believed to be extinct discovered alive

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They're called "Lazarus species" — creatures that have disappeared, sometimes for millions of years, only to miraculously be rediscovered again in modern times. Just as Lazarus was raised from the dead by Jesus in the Gospel of John, so these species manage to survive. Their rediscoveries are a bewildering reminder that when given a chance, life finds a way to survive. Here's a short list of 13 animals long-feared extinct that, in fact, have been rediscovered. (Text: Bryan Nelson)