It’s hard to prove conclusively that a species is extinct, but Gerlach says he’s all but certain that in the late 1990s, the last Aldabra banded snail curled up inside its purplish shell and died. In a paper in the journal Biology Letters, Gerlach lays the blame on an unusual series of summers so long and hot that they killed off all the younger snails.

This snail is technically the first species to go extinct as a direct result of global warming – our polluting ways – and it certainly will not be the last. It is obvious that polar bears are essentially out of luck. As are other species in delicate habitats that are changing.

The implications of this are sad… and the snail was very attractive too…