JAN 20, 2019 09:25 PM PST

The First Extinction of 2019 Already Happened

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

 

 

A Hawaiian tree snail, Achatinella apexfulva, by the name of George has officially become the first extinct species of 2019. George was the first of over 750 species of the Hawaiian island land snails to be described by Western science. “The DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife is sad to report that George, the last known Achatinella apexfulva, died on New Year’s Day 2019. According to David Sischo, wildlife biologist with the Hawaii Invertebrate Program, George was approximately 14 years old. Unfortunately, he is survived by none,” written in a Facebook post by the Hawaii DLNR (Department of Land and Natural Resources) on January 4 at 7:35 AM (local time). Watch the video above to learn more!

About the Author
  • Nouran enjoys writing on various topics including science & medicine, global health, and conservation biology. She hopes through her writing she can make science more engaging and communicable to the general public.
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