"The Australian government has officially acknowledged the extinction of 13
endemic species, including 12 mammals and the first reptile known to have been
lost since European colonisation.
The addition of the dozen mammal species confirms Australia’s unenviable
position as the world’s capital for mammal extinction, lifting the total number
of mammals known to have died out to 34.
None of the 13 is a surprise. All but one of the mammal extinctions is
historic, with most having disappeared between the 1850s and 1950s.
But the list also includes two species lost in the past decade, both from
Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean."
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