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Big stick bugs discovered on Lord Howe Island a genetic match for 'extinct' phasmids

Scientists affirm creatures found on Ball’s Pyramid in 2001 are the identical species rats have been believed to have killed off a century earlier

Scientists have confirmed that enormous bugs discovered on a rocky outcrop off Lord Howe Island are a genetic match for the island’s stick bugs that have been believed to have gone extinct virtually 100 years earlier.

The species have been assumed to be one and the identical. Nevertheless important morphological variations between the Lord Howe Island stick bugs collected within the early 1900s and saved in museum collections, and the phasmids found in 2001 on Ball’s Pyramid (a remnant volcano about 23km off the primary island), created a suspicion the latter could possibly be a associated species – somewhat than the unique again from the lifeless.

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