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SCI/TECH: Three Snails Thought Extinct Discovered

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posted on May, 5 2005 @ 07:14 PM
Three snails thought to be extinct have been found by Jeff Garner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and University of Alabama post-doctoral student Stephanie Clark in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers in Bibb County, Alabama. Actually, Garner has found several species of snails thought to be have been extinct. Alabama has more endangered and extinct mollusks than any place in the US, because of the dams built along the Coosa River in the fifty years between 1917 and 1967.
Three snails listed as extinct have been rediscovered in the Coosa and Cahaba rivers, the Nature Conservancy announced Tuesday.

Jeff Garner, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' mollusk biologist, rediscovered the cobble elimia and the nodulose Coosa River snail on a dive in the Coosa River.

Stephanie Clark, a University of Alabama postdoctoral student from Australia, stumbled onto a Cahaba pebblesnail on a trip to the Cahaba River in Bibb County.

The findings, being announced by the Nature Conservancy, were reported Tuesday by The Birmingham News.

Alabama is known to be the nation's top spot for extinct and imperiled mollusks, the snails and mussels in river beds. Many were lost as dams were built along the Coosa River from 1917 to 1967, when it became a series of reservoirs.

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Is this a trend? Are we being led down the primrose path with all this talk of extinct and endangered species. Is anyone really in a position to speak to the condition of fleas, flies, and snails?

We do know that species go extinct, but just because some flea, fly or snail hasn't been seen for awhile, is it really prudent to break out the hankies and start sobbing and passing laws left and right without some perspective. Frankly, I don't know what to believe anymore when it comes to environmentalists and endangered species.

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