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The world is full of amazing unique things that are made special BECAUSE of this particularity. They are worth knowing because, someday soon, they might disappear and it would be sad not to be ever acknowledged. This is not applicable to all the items on the list: some are already gone and are worth knowing for their historical or symbolic value and as a lesson for the future.

1.  George the tortoise

The last survivor of his species, Lonesome George is a Pinta tortoise, which is a subspecies of the Galapagos tortoise. Apparently, it is the rarest living creature on Earth and was found on Pinta Island in 1972. Aged somewhere between 90 and 100 years, George is looking for a “girlfriend” of the same species since many years but with no success. Researcers sent dozens of letters and searched every square inch of the island, but no female Pinta tortoise was found so far.
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2. The Bili ape, an unique and controversial species

The Bili apes are an interesting, unique species of ape, which was recently discovered in the Bili Forest, in the Republic of Congo. They puzzled the scientific world with their unique features that could not be totally attributed to the chimpanzee, or to the gorilla.  The researchers thought that they may be a new species, a hybrid gorilla species or a lost species, but they turned out to be merely eastern (ordinary) chimpanzees. However, they are still special, with their large size, their custom of sleeping on the ground, as if they were not afraid of predators, and with the proven fact that they actually reversed roles and they killed and ate large felines.
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3. The Man of the Hole

The Man of the Hole is the last surviving individual of an unknown Amazonian tribe which was exterminated by another tribe.  Unnamed, never contacted, probably speaking a language we cannot understand,  the man lives alone with the memory of his lost family and friends.  The local government respects his self- imposed solitude and enlarged the protected area in which he resides, so that he may have enough hunting space.
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4. The only Diamond planet ever discovered

The only known diamond planet is 4,000 light years away from us, in the Serpens constellation, within the Milky Way Galaxy. It orbits a millisecond pulsar which was called PSR J1719-1438 and was discovered by means of the Parkes 64-meter radio telescope. The scientists figured that this planet must be a huge space diamond because it is made out of carbon and it is very dense- and of what we know, diamonds are formed when carbon is put under great pressure. The planet, which is 5 time the size of Earth and 300 times heavier, would definitely satisfy our thirst of diamonds, if ever reached!
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5. The last uncontacted people on Earth

The last uncontacted people on Earth are the Sentinelese , inhabiting the North Santinel Island, in the Bay of Bengal. They are believed to be direct descendents of the earliest migrations from Africa and live even now as they were thousands of years ago, meaning as gatherers and hunters. The Santinelese  are very aggressive and refused any contact with the outside world. In 2008, after the great tsunami that devastated the surrounding area, a helicopter was sent to see if the Sentinelese people were still alive. A sole warrior rushed from the bushes and shot an arrow at the helicopter. They were ok, thus.
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6. The only speaker of Wichita

“Once a language disappears, a vision of the world disappears” , said Jean-Michel Filippi, a linguist who was trying to save a disappearing language. This is true in the case of the Wichita language as well, as only one fluent speaker of Wichita remains in the world: Doris Jean Lamar McLemore ,the 83 year-old illegitimate daughter of  a Wichita woman and of a white man, who used to speak only Wichita at home.She is trying to preserve the language by recording it and writing it.
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7. The only remaining wonder of the ancient world

The only remaining wonder of the Ancient World which still stand is the Great Pyramid of Gaza. All the other wonders were sadly destroyed by all sorts of calamities, but mainly by earthquakes. This amazing monument which was built for pharaoh Khufu, around 2560 BC is the last remaining symbol of a fascinating world.

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