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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.
He said the first recorded modern extinction of an Australian reptile was “Obviously a really lamentable landmark”.