Scientists stunned after animal thought to be extinct turns up on beach

(FOX WEATHER) – Conservationists and geneticists in South Africa have rediscovered a blind mole species lost to science nearly 90 years ago.

The De Winton’s golden mole, known for its iridescent coat and sand-swimming ability, was last seen in 1936. Thought to be extinct, it was recently found by the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the University of Pretoria.

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The South African mammal is the eleventh of the world’s most-wanted lost species to be rediscovered since Re:wild’s Search for Lost Species was launched in 2017.

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