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The birth of an enormous "tree lobster" is an absolutely alien experience [Video]

3 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Remember the Lord Howe Island stick insect, that massive "tree lobster" researchers thought had been extinct for decades? Rohan Cleave of the Melbourne Zoo has filmed one of these arthropod giants emerging from an egg. The insect spends six months incubating — when it's time to leave the egg, the animal literally (and hypnotically) unfolds. More »
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How Giant Walking Stick Insects Come Back From Extinction

Humor : Neatorama (3 years ago)

In 1918, a shipwreck at the Lord Howe Island, Australia, introduced black rats which proceeded to eat the native species of walking sticks so large that they were called "tree lobsters." In two year's time, the Lord Howe stick insec... Read Post

Extreme Convergence In Stick Insect Evolution: Phylogenetic Placement Of The Lord Howe Island Tree Lobster

Health : Medical News Today (6 years ago)

The Lord Howe Island Tree Lobster, Dryococelus australis, was thought to be extinct for decades until an exceedingly small population was recently rediscovered on a rocky islet in the South Pacific. "Tree lobsters" are large ground-... Read Post

A Haunting Animated Documentary About Rediscovery Of An Extinct Insect

Genres / Sci Fi : io9 (2 months ago)

Dryococelus australis, known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect or tree lobster was thought to be extinct by 1920, but in 2001, a small population of the species was rediscovered. This fantastic animated documentary traces that re... Read Post


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