Top 10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals

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Extinction Is A Very Serious Issue Facing Our World. We Get That. But When It Comes To These Ancient Extinct Animals, We Have To Admit: We’re Kinda Glad We Don’t Have To Face Off Against Them. 

Here Is The List Of Top 10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals

10. Dodo

Dodo (Source:Google)

The Dodo Is An Extinct Flightless Bird That Was Endemic To The Island Of Mauritius, East Of Madagascar In The Indian Ocean. Related To Pigeons And Doves, It Stood About A Meter Tall (Three Feet), Lived On Fruit And Nested On The Ground. The Dodo’s Appearance In Life Is Evidenced Only By Drawings, Paintings, And Written Accounts From The 17th Century.  

The Last Dodo Bird Was Killed In 1681. Although The Tale Of The Dodo Bird’s Demise Is Well Documented, No Complete Specimens Of The Bird Were Preserved; There Are Only Fragments And Sketches. The Dodo Bird Is Just One Of The Bird Species Driven To Extinction On Mauritius. 

Dodo Was The Archetype Of Species And Extinct Since Late 17th Century. 

9. Cave Lion

Cave Lion (Source:Google)

The Cave Lion, Often Nicknamed The Mega-lion. This Subspecies Was One Of The Largest Lions. Measuring 3 Meters Long And Weighing 340 Kilos, This Was The Largest Cat Species Of All Time. Phylogenetic Analysis Of Fossil Bone Samples Revealed That It Was Highly Distinct And Genetically Isolated From The Modern Lion Occurring In Africa And Asia.  

According To A Study Published This Week In The Journal Plos One, 16,000-year-old Cave Lion Toe Bones Uncovered In A Cavern In Northern Spain Suggest That Prehistoric Humans Hunted The Predator For Its Pelt, Which They Used For Hut Roofs, Blankets Or Carpets. 

Cave Lion Was One Of The Largest Lions Ever Who Extinct 2,000 Years Ago. 

8. Great Auk

Great Auk (Source:Google)

It Was The Only Modern Species In The Genus Pinguinus. It Is Not Closely Related To The Birds Now Known As Penguins, Which Were Discovered Later And So Named By Sailors Because Of Their Physical Resemblance To The Great Auk. Standing About 75 Centimeters Or 30-34 Inches High And Weighing Around 5 Kg, The Flightless Great Auk Was The Largest Of The Auks. It Bred On Rocky, Isolated Islands With Easy Access To The Ocean And A Plentiful Food Supply, A Rarity In Nature That Provided Only A Few Breeding Sites For The Great Auks. They Spent Their Time Foraging In The Waters Of The North Atlantic, Ranging As Far South As Northern Spain And Along The Coastlines Of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, The Faroe Islands, Norway, Ireland, And Great Britain. 

By The Mid-1800s, Humans Had Driven The Species To Extinction, And The Birds Left A Great Auk-shaped Hole In Local Ecosystems. Now, A Team Of Scientists Is Hoping To Bring Them Back. The Last Time A Great Auk Was Seen Alive Was In 1852; Today, Only Bones, Preserved Specimens And Old Stories Remain. 

Great Auk Was Largest Of All Auks Who Extinct Since 1844.

7. Aurochs

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The Aurochs Is An Extinct Species Of Large Wild Cattle That Inhabited Asia, Europe, And North Africa. It Is The Ancestor Of Domestic Cattle. The Aurochs Was Black, Stood 1.8 Meters (6 Feet) High At The Shoulder, And Had Spreading, Forward-curving Horns. The Species Survived In Europe Until 1627, When The Last Recorded Aurochs Died In The Jaktorow Forest, Poland. 

For Thousands Of Years The Aurochs Were The Largest Land Mammals In Europe, Until The Rise Of Human Civilization Decimated Their Numbers, And The Last Of The Species Died In Poland In 1627 – One Of The First Recorded Cases Of Extinction. 

Aurochs Was A Very Large Type Of Cattle Who Extinct Since 1627. 

6. Caspian Tiger

Caspian Tiger (Source:Google)

The Caspian Tiger Or Persian Tiger Was The Westernmost Subspecies Of Tiger, Found In Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan And Uzbekistan Until It Apparently Became Extinct In The 1970s. Of All The Tigers Known To The World, The Caspian Tiger Was The Third Largest. 

Caspian Tigers Were Very Large Tigers That Lived On The Continent Of Asia. The Biggest Males Weighed A Little Over 550 Pounds, Which Is About The Same As An Adult Black Bear. Their Fur Was A Golden-yellow Color With Skinny Stripes That Were Brown To Brownish-red. 

The Caspian Tiger Has Been Extinct Since The Early 1970s Due To Hunting Of Tigers And Their Prey, And Habitat Loss Mostly Due To Settlement In Its Range. The Last Known Tiger In Turkey Was Killed Near Uludere Hakkari Province, In 1970. 

Caspian Tiger Was Extinct Since 1970. 

5. Irish Deer

Irish Deer (Source:Google)

The Irish Elk Or Giant Deer, Was The Largest Deer That Ever Lived. It Lived In Eurasia, From Ireland To East Of Lake Baikal, During The Late Pleistocene And Early Holocene. The Latest Known Remains Of The Species Have Been Carbon Dated To About 5,700 Bc, Or About 7,700 Years Ago. The Giant Deer Is Famous For Its Formidable Size (About 2.1 Meters Or 7 Feet Tall At The Shoulders), And In Particular For Having The Largest Antlers Of Any Known Cervid (A Maximum Of 3.65 Meters/12 Feet From Tip To Tip And Weighing Up To 90 Pounds). 

The Giant Deer Was Supposed To Have Been Bowed Under By The Weight Of Its Own Antlers. This Excess Weight Caused The Giant Deer To Become Tangled In Trees And Mired In Ponds. Thus, Orthogenesis Claimed The Irish Elk’s Own Antlers Led To Its Extinction. 

Irish Deer Was Extinct About 7,700 Years Ago. 

4. Steller’s Sea Cow

Steller’s Sea Cow (Source:Google)

Sea Cow, (Hydrodamalis Gigas), Also Called Steller’s Sea Cow, Very Large Aquatic Mammal, Now Extinct, That Once Inhabited Nearshore Areas Of The Komandor Islands In The Bering Sea. Steller’s Sea Cows Were Wiped Out By Hunters In The 18th Century Less Than 30 Years After They Were First Discovered By Arctic Explorers. 

Steller’s Sea Cow Was Extinct Since 1768. 

3. Thylacine: The Tasmanian Tiger 

Thylacine: The Tasmanian Tiger
 Thylacine: The Tasmanian Tiger (Source:Google)

The Thylacine Was The Largest Known Carnivorous Marsupial Of Modern Times. Native To Australia And New Guinea, It Is Thought To Have Become Extinct In The 20th Century. It Is Commonly Known As The Tasmanian Tiger (Due To Its Striped Back), And Also Known As The Tasmanian Wolf, And Colloquially The Tassie (Or Tazzy) Tiger Or Simply The Tiger. It Was The Last Extant Member Of Its Genus, Thylacinus, Although A Number Of Related Species Have Been Found In The Fossil Record Dating Back To The Early Miocene. 

While It Is Estimated There Were Around 5000 Thylacines In Tasmania At The Time Of European Settlement.  However, Excessive Hunting, Combined With Factors Such As Habitat Destruction And Introduced Disease, Led To The Rapid Extinction Of The Species. 

Thylacine: The Tasmanian Tiger Was Extinct Since 1936. 

2. Quagga

Quagga (Source:Google)

Quagga, Subspecies Of Plains Zebra Formerly Found In Vast Herds On The Great Plains Of South Africa But Now Extinct. The Quagga Is Believed To Have Been Around 257 Cm Long And 125–135 Cm Tall At The Shoulder. It Was Distinguished From Other Zebras By Its Limited Pattern Of Primarily Brown And White Stripes, Mainly On The Front Part Of The Body. The Rear Was Brown And Without Stripes, And Appeared More Horse-like.  

The Quagga’s Extinction Is Generally Attributed To The “Ruthless Hunting”, And Even “Planned Extermination” By Colonists. Wild Grass Eating Animals Such As The Quagga Were Perceived By The Settlers As Competitors For Their Sheep, Goats And Other Livestock. 

Quagga: Half Zebra, Half Horse Was Extinct Since 1883. 

 1. Tyrannosaurus Rex 

Tyrannosaurus Rex (Source:Google)

Tyrannosaurus Rex Was One Of The Largest Land Carnivores Of All Time, Measuring Up To 43.3 Feet Long, And 16.6 Feet Tall, With An Estimated Mass That Goes Up To 7 Tons. Like Other Tyrannosaurids, Tyrannosaurus Was A Bipedal Carnivore With A Massive Skull Balanced By A Long, Heavy Tail. Relative To The Large And Powerful Hindlimbs, Tyrannosaurus Forelimbs Were Small And They Retained Only Two Digits. 

This Cataclysm Occurred When An Asteroid Or Comet The Size Of A Mountain Slammed Into Earth, Wiping Out Tyrannosaurus Rex Along With The Rest Of The Non-avian Dinosaurs And Bringing A Sudden End To The Cretaceous Period. Dinosaurs 101 Over A Thousand Dinosaur Species Once Roamed The Earth. 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Was Extinct 65 Million Years Ago. 

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