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Posted Sat Jul 4 2009: from BBC:
No safe haven for rarest antelope
Fleeting sightings of the world's rarest antelope, the hirola, in a new safe haven are cases of mistaken identity, a survey has found. That has dashed hopes that some of the last hirola have managed to colonise a new territory where they would be less vulnerable to flooding and hunting. Fewer than 600 wild hirola remain, confined to a small area in Kenya. It is sometimes called a 'living fossil', being the sole survivor of a once diverse group of antelope species.... The hirola is special because of both its rarity and evolutionary uniqueness. Scientifically named (Beatragus hunteri), the hirola belongs to the family Bovidae, the group that includes all antelopes, cattle, bison, buffalo, goats and sheep. Within that group, it belong to the subfamily Alcelaphinae, meaning it is most closely related to topi, wildebeests and hartbeest antelopes. But what makes the hirola stand out is that it is the last living representative of the genus Beatragus.
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Species extinction, then Genus extinction... how soon before Family extinction?

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