Yangtze dolphin – officially extinct.

The Yangtze River dolphin, until recently one of the most endangered species on the planet, has been declared officially extinct following an intensive survey of its natural habitat.

The freshwater marine mammal, which could grow to 2½ metres long and weigh up to a quarter of a tonne, is the first large vertebrate forced to extinction by human activity in 50 years.

This is only the fourth time an entire evolutionary line of mammals has vanished from the Earth since the year 1500… Read the rest of this article by Ian Sample in today’s online edition of The Age.

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