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Monday, 4 June 2007

The Catfish with nine lives

Biologists on a field trip to Suriname discovered to their amazement that the armoured catfish wasn't extinct after all; no, it was alive and well all along, despite mining activity which is usually associated with the mass extinction of species, other than on Navassa Island.

Actually, it seems that driving a species to extinction really is harder than we thought. The armoured catfish turns out to have successfully established itself in creeks throughout the Southern US. Far from hovering on the brink of extinction, it is rapidly increasing its range.

Bad science makes for bad policy.

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