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100 Wonders: The Walking Sausage Comes Home

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This is Ball's Pyramid. The world's largest sea stack, it is taller than the Empire State Building—and all that is left over a 7 million year-old volcano. But hidden on its sheer rock walls was something even more amazing than the pyramid itself. 

Just as Lazarus was supposedly raised from the dead, science has its own stories of resurrection. "Lazarus taxon" species are believed to be extinct only to re-emerge alive later. The Coelacanth was a fish thought to have been extinct for 66 million years before being caught alive and well by in 1938. However no species has a great tale of resurrection than that of Dryococelus australis aka the Lord Howe Stick Insect aka the Walking Sausage. 

The story of how this six inch flightless insect managed to survive, was found, and was brought back from the very precipice of extinction is nothing short of a miraculous. 


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