A Database of Recently Extinct, Missing and Rediscovered Plants, Animals and Fungi

This website attempts to document the world's many recently extinct (126ka–present), missing and rediscovered species and subspecies. An impossible task given that many of these have no doubt gone extinct without ever being recorded by science (termed "Dark extinctions"). While many others are so little known that there is scarcerly anything to document now, and so in a secondary sense are lost as well. Luckily, it is possible for us to learn more about them through the discovery of (sub)fossil remains or (re)discovery of specimens in museums and private collections. This combined with increasingly sophisticated scientific methods of study, invariably driven by brilliant minds or technological advances, can help to recover these foregone species from the informational abyss.

Most importantly, this 'new' information can hopefully help rediscover them as living populations. Different species have different life histories, and no single method of attempted capture/documentation can succeed for the entire gamut of living species which inhabit vastly different environments from snowy alps to peat bogs, and have greatly variable lifespans, life stages, traits and ecological niches. Developing idiosyncratic capture methods greatly increases our chances of success, and potentially offers us an extremely rare second chance to save them from extinction.

We are in the midst of a global problem: an extinction rate far above abnormal. Built upon a foundation consisting of the innate vulnerability of populations, particularly those that are small or isolated, to fatal declines. A global structure erected by a single species of bidepal, furry, forward-looking but not forward thinking, ape. The inevitable loss of all biodiversity in a temporally distant supernova does not render the current biodiversity crisis any less anachronistic.