The Top 15 Most Beautiful Extinct Animals

Updated on September 2, 2018
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Thomas is an avid student of evolutionary history and has a deep fondness for the natural world.

Humans have contributed to the extinction of many beautiful animals.
Humans have contributed to the extinction of many beautiful animals. | Source

In the last ten thousand years, humanity's impact on the environment has caused the extinction of many beautiful animals. This article will provide pictures and facts for fifteen extinct creatures that are likely to captivate our attention.

There have been two eras of anthropogenic extinction in modern times. Around ten thousand years ago, the early Holocene extinction event was caused by retreating ice, which adversely affected the habitats of a number of animals. However, humans also contributed by hunting several large species (megafauna).

The second era coincides with the age of human exploration and colonization that began around 500 years ago. Numerous species were unprepared for the introduction of humans and farm animals to their environments, leading to their extinction through hunting or habitat destruction.

While many smaller species have died out, it is the larger species that invoke our imagination most prolifically. For this list of extinct animals, the approximate extinction dates are given in parentheses.

The Smilodon had huge canine teeth.
The Smilodon had huge canine teeth. | Source

1. Smilodon (10,000 B.C.)

The Smilodon (saber-toothed cat) lived in North and South America at the end of the last glacial period, though it evolved as a separate species around 2.5 million years ago. The largest subspecies, Smilodon populator, could reach 400 kg in weight, three meters in length, and 1.4 meters tall at the shoulder. Despite being called a saber-toothed tiger, it was actually built more like a bear, with short, powerful limbs that were not designed for speed. Its notable canines could reach 30 cm (one foot) in length but were fragile and mainly used for biting into soft neck tissue after its prey had been subdued. It could open its jaws 120 degrees but had a relatively weak bite.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

The Smilodon mainly hunted larger prey such as bison, deer, and small mammoths, though it was also a scavenger, suggesting it was a social animal. It would have found smaller, nimbler prey more difficult, and this may have contributed to its demise. However, the Smilodon's extinction coincides with the arrival of humans who were known to have hunted many native species.

A model of an Irish Elk.
A model of an Irish Elk. | Source

2. Irish Elk (5,200 B.C.)

From Ireland to Siberia, Irish Elk (Megaloceros giganteus) populated much of northern Europe at the end of the last glacial period. Since they have little in common with extant elk species, they are more precisely known as "giant deer." They could grow up to seven feet tall at the shoulder and weigh up to 700kg. Their antlers were the largest of any deer species, reaching 12 feet in width. It is likely that the sizable antlers evolved through sexual selection, as males used them to intimidate rivals and impress females.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

Irish Elk evolved around 400,000 years ago and died out approximately 5,000 years ago. It is likely that hunting contributed to their extinction. However, the retreating ice would have allowed different plants to flourish, which could have led to a lack of dietary minerals. In particular, a good supply of calcium was needed to grow the animal's massive antlers.

A model of the majestic Woolly Mammoth.
A model of the majestic Woolly Mammoth. | Source

3. Woolly Mammoth (2,000 B.C.)

The Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) inhabited much of the arctic tundra regions of the northern hemisphere in the early Holocene period. These massive creatures could reach 11 feet in height and weigh six tonnes, which is about the same size as African elephants, though their closest relative is the Asian elephant. However, unlike the elephant, it was covered in brown, black, and ginger fur. It also had a shortened tail to minimize frostbite.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

The Woolly Mammoth had long tusks for fighting and foraging, and these were sought after by humans. They were hunted for food as well, but it's likely that their extinction was expedited by climate change at the end of the last glacial period. The retreating ice caused most of their habitat to disappear, reducing their population enough for humans to wipe them out through hunting. While most died around 10,000 years ago, small populations continued in remote areas up until 4,000 years ago.

A reconstruction of a moa hunt.
A reconstruction of a moa hunt. | Source

4. Moa (1400)

The Moa (Dinornithiformes) was a huge species of flightless bird native to New Zealand. They could grow to almost four meters in height (12 feet) and weigh 230 kg. Despite their incredible height, the bird's vertebrae suggest they spent much of their time with their necks pointed forward. These long necks likely produced low-pitched, resonant calling sounds.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

DNA testing done in 2014 proved that humans were the main cause of the demise of the Moa. Archeological evidence also suggests that humans ate these birds no matter their age, which would, of course, have made it very difficult for them to reproduce.

Did You Know?

Calculating extinction rates can be difficult, in part because no one knows exactly how many species there are. Scientists have identified at least 1.9 million animal species, and possibly millions more have yet to be named.

A Steller's Sea Cow, relative in size to a human. Image adapted from:
A Steller's Sea Cow, relative in size to a human. Image adapted from: | Source

5. Steller's Sea Cow (1768)

Steller's Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas) was a huge, plant-eating, sea mammal similar to the manatee in appearance. However, it could grow up to nine meters long (30 feet). It was discovered by Georg Wilhelm Steller, and within three decades was hunted to extinction by Europeans, who followed Steller's route.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

This tame animal was easy to hunt because of its presence in shallow waters where it would feed on reeds. It lived in coastal regions of the North Pacific Ocean and became extinct in 1768 after being hunted for its meat, its fat for oil lamps, and its skin for boat liners.

The Great Auk had a similar appearance to present day penguins.
The Great Auk had a similar appearance to present day penguins. | Source

6. Great Auk (1852)

The Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a flightless bird that resembled a present-day penguin. Like the penguin, it was a powerful swimmer, stored fat for warmth, nested in dense colonies, and mated for life; however, it also had a heavy hooked beak. It could grow to almost three feet in height and lived in the north Atlantic ocean.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

Beginning in the 16th century, Europeans hunted the Great Auk to acquire its treasured down feathers for pillows. The bird was later hunted in North America for fishing bait and commonly endured atrocities such as being skinned and burned alive for feathers and food. Great Auks were easy to catch since they didn't fly. Once the species became rare, museums and collectors desired their own (dead) specimens, finally forcing the bird to extinction in 1852.

In the 1770s, the British Parliament passed one of the earliest environmental protection laws in history that prohibited the killing of the Auks in Great Britain, but it was already too late.

7. Atlas Bear (1870)

The Atlas bear (Ursus arctos crowtheri) is an extinct bear subspecies found in Northern Africa. Zoologists classified it as a separate species after it was brought to the public's attention by an English serviceman named Crowther in 1840. This species was stockier and sturdier than the American black bear. It was Africa's only native bear that survived into modern times.

Why Did They Become Extinct?

The Atlas Bear became extinct sometime in the late nineteenth century. Like many others on this list, environmental changes and a loss of habitat likely led to a decline in numbers. Overhunting by local tribes and the introduction of modern-day firearms—which made it easier to kill the bears—also played massive roles.

A Quagga photographed in London Zoo in 1870.
A Quagga photographed in London Zoo in 1870. | Source

8. Quagga (1883)

The Quagga (Equus quagga quagga), a striking half zebra, half horse creature is actually a subspecies of zebra that diverged around 200,000 years ago and became extinct in the 19th century. Quagga lived in South Africa and got their name from the sound they make (onomatopoeic).

Why Did They Go Extinct?

It was hunted to extinction in 1883 to preserve the land for agricultural animals, and for their meat and hides. Quagga were seen by settlers as competitors for their sheep, goats and other livestock. In addition, many people used the term "Quagga" to describe zebras in general, so no one really noticed their decline until it was too late.

The Quagga Project, started in 1987, is an attempt to bring them back from extinction.

A stuffed Honshu wolf at the Ueno zoo.
A stuffed Honshu wolf at the Ueno zoo. | Source

9. Japanese Honshu Wolf (1905)

The Honshu wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax) lived on the Japanese islands of Shikoku, Kyushu, and Honshu. It was the smallest species of wolf in the Canis lupus family, growing to about three feet in length, and 12 inches at the shoulder.

In the Shinto belief (the traditional religion of Japan), the ōkami ("wolf") is regarded as a messenger of the kami spirits and also offers protection against crop raiders such as the wild boar and deer. There are an estimated 20 Shinto wolf shrines on Honshu alone.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

When rabies was introduced to the Honshu Wolf population in 1732 (either deliberately or through domesticated dogs), the disease killed off a large number of animals and made them more aggressive towards humans. Given their increased contact with humans following the deforestation of their natural habitat, their aggression led to them being prolifically hunted until their extinction in 1905.

Did You Know?

The largest mass extinction event occurred around 250 million years ago, when perhaps 95 percent of all species went extinct.

The last Tasmanian Tiger, photographed in captivity in 1933. It died in 1936 after being locked out of its enclosure during a heat wave.
The last Tasmanian Tiger, photographed in captivity in 1933. It died in 1936 after being locked out of its enclosure during a heat wave. | Source

10. Tasmanian Tiger (1936)

The Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) was the largest carnivorous marsupial of the modern era, evolving around 4 million years ago. It became extinct in the 1930s due to excessive hunting by farmers who blamed it for killing sheep and poultry. Other factors were a loss of habitat to agriculture, disease, and the introduction of dogs. This remarkable creature lived in Tasmania, Australia, and New Guinea and could grow to almost two meters in length from head to tail.

The Tasmanian Tiger was at the top of the food chain (apex predator) and nocturnally ambushed prey including kangaroos, wallabies, possums, birds, and small mammals. Its jaws could open 120 degrees, and its stomach could distend to consume large quantities of food, meaning it could survive in sparsely populated areas. It was an unusual marsupial because both sexes had a pouch; the male used it to protect its genitals when running through the brush.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

The Tasmanian Tiger was rapidly viewed as a pest and a dangerous threat to livestock, but some say that many of these claims were highly exaggerated. While the government paid over 2,000 bounties to eradicate the species, scientific evidence reveals that competition with dogs, habitat loss, and changing fire regimes also led to population fragmentation. Finally, disease spread through the population in the 1920s.

The Toolache Wallaby was officially declared extinct in 1943.
The Toolache Wallaby was officially declared extinct in 1943. | Source

11. Toolache Wallaby (1943)

The Toolache Wallaby (Macropus greyi) could be found in Australia and New Zealand. They were considered by many to be the most elegant and graceful species of kangaroo. Their hops consisted of two short hops, followed by a long one. Females were generally taller than the males.

Why Did They Become Extinct?

The Toolache Wallaby was very common until 1910 and became extremely rare by 1923. The last living member of this species was a female who lived in captivity for 12 years before dying in 1939. They were officially declared extinct in 1943. Hunting, foxes, and land loss all led to their demise.

The Caspian Tiger was officially declared extinct in the 1970s.
The Caspian Tiger was officially declared extinct in the 1970s. | Source

12. Caspian Tiger (1970)

The Caspian Tiger (Panthera tigris virgata) resided just south of the Caspian Sea and in central Asia. It was one of the biggest cats on the planet with its legs being much longer than other members of the big cat family.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

The species was officially declared extinct in the 1970s. And of course, humans played a large part in this. The tigers were not only hunted, but they also lost most of their habitat due to human settlement. In addition, their prey was hunted as well, so they never really stood a chance.

The Monk Seal was officially declared extinct in 2008.
The Monk Seal was officially declared extinct in 2008. | Source

13. Caribbean Monk Seal (2008)

The Caribbean Monk Seal (Monachus tropicalis) could be found throughout the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and the West Atlantic Ocean. However, little is known about their migration patterns. This species was about eight feet long and weighed between 375-600lbs. Columbus first sighted these animals in 1494 and called them "sea wolves." They're the only pinniped species to have gone extinct.

When Did It Go Extinct and Why?

The Monk Seal was officially declared extinct in 2008, but the species hadn't been seen since 1952. It was the first type of seal to go extinct from human causes. The seals became easy hunting targets when they were resting, birthing, or nursing their pups. And it was this overhunting that ultimately led to their demise.

Here are two black rhinos in central Kenya.
Here are two black rhinos in central Kenya. | Source

14. Western Black Rhinoceros (2011)

The rarest of the black rhino subspecies, the Western Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis longipes) was commonly found in several African countries, including Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia. Despite being big and bulky, this species could run up to 55km/hour and quickly change direction.

In 2011, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s largest conservation network, officially declared the Western Black Rhino extinct, but the species was last seen in 2006.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

Widespread sports hunting in the early 20th century resulted in rapid decline of rhino species, including this one. Next came a loss of habitat due to industrial agriculture. Farmers and ranchers viewed the rhinos as pests and dangers to their crops. But the final nail in the coffin came in the early 1950s when Mao Zedong, chairman of the communist party of China at the time, pushed traditional Chinese medicine, which included the use of powdered rhino horn to cure everything from fevers to cancer. Poachers descended on the African countries in search of this species and killed 98 percent of the population.

Lonesome George, the last pinta island tortoise, died in 2012.
Lonesome George, the last pinta island tortoise, died in 2012. | Source

15. Pinta Island Tortoise (2012)

The Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii) was a subspecies of giant tortoise that lived on the Galapagos Islands. They slept for about 16 hours a day and drank large quantities of water to store for use at a later time.

Why Did They Go Extinct?

It was hunted prolifically for food in the 19th century, and its habitat was destroyed in the 1950s when goats were brought to the island. Efforts were made to help the tortoise population remain, but by 1971 only one remained: the famous Lonesome George. Despite attempts to mate other tortoises with George, none of the eggs hatched, and he died in 2012, making the species extinct.

More Recently Extinct Species

  • Baiji or Yangtze River Dolphin (declared functionally extinct in 2006—one or two might still be alive, but not enough to continue the species)
  • Mexican Grizzly Bear (1964)
  • Javan Tiger (1994)
  • Japanese Sea Lion (1974)
  • Pyrenean Ibex (2000)
  • Zanzibar Leopard (2008)

Did You Know?

Five-year status reviews are a requirement of the Endangered Species Act to ensure that the status of a species listed as threatened or endangered remains accurate and has not changed, for better or worse.

Critically Endangered Animals

A critically endangered species is one which has been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Some of the animals on the list below may already be extinct, but they can't be declared so until extensive, targeted surveys have been completed. Sadly, here are just a few of the beautiful creatures we risk losing, if we haven't already.

  • Amur Leopard
  • Black Rhino
  • Bornean Orangutan
  • Cross River Gorilla
  • Javan Rhino
  • Yangtze Finless Porpoise
  • Sumatran Elephant
  • Orangutan
  • Mountain Gorilla

Currently, there are over 5,000 species listed as critically endangered by the IUCN, with far more under various levels of threat.

It is tragic that humanity has caused the extinction of so many beautiful animals and shameful that this continues today. Even when the cost of excessive hunting is known, greed can still invoke the darker nature of our species.

I hope you enjoyed this list of beautiful extinct animals. May our knowledge of these remarkable beasts preserve them in our memories and revive them in our imaginations.

If possible, should scientists bring extinct animals back to life?

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        satvik ki paglu fan 

        3 weeks ago

        I pray that no animal would get extinct ...but it is impossible but scientists are those who make impossible to possible. I believe that scientists would do this and I pray those animal who are extinct now they shall come again..if scientist can do.

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        Just A Concerned Citizen 

        3 weeks ago

        It would seem awful to bring back extinct animals back into today's world. Note that there is a large difference between our climate today and their (the extinct) climate back then, as well as the fact that their habitats may well be destroyed since that is one of the largest reasons why some species went extinct. I'm not too sure about the technicality but they may become invasive in a habitat since they were long gone, it is most likely they do not have natural predators, and some may not have their natural prey which will only render then extinct once again or cause them to be endangered. We also don't know the effect these animals will have on today's Earth. Majority of extinct animals weren't well researched, meaning they could well be bad for the environment of today. To spell out the difference between today and years ago, today's Earth is polluted with waste that is very concerning, the ozone layer is deteriorating. If a common cow's feces can be named an air pollutant, how threatening could understudied species be?

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        I. P. Nightly 

        4 weeks ago

        anybody who wanted to bring the animals back to lief isn't very clever. :) Image how awful it would be with animals so utterly untrained to live in the modern world. Also, to anybody saying it was the hunters fault they all went extinct, it isn't all the hunters faults. Of course they play a part in it, but these animals didn't have to food sources of the instinct to survive in the wild. Don't say we needed to take them in as pets, they wouldn't be able to be in those conditions either. Just a side note, they would rip off your entire face. :)

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        niharika 

        5 weeks ago

        we always blame others for r wrong . but we don't realize that v ourselves contribute to it.

        Almost everyday we throw garbage and everyday we cut down trees. we talk abut being good to nature but do we ever do it ourselves? we don't even understand the importance of the wonderful nature God has provided us.

        we only know to BLAME BLAME BLAME!!!

        THE DIFFERENCE STARTS FROM YOU!!!!!

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        Selim 

        3 months ago

        WOW,it will be so cool if these animals were alive

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        sujan gurung 

        3 months ago

        first of all thanks for sharing information.these all animals are exctint can u tell me what is the reasons of it

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        Little girl 

        3 months ago

        I want to be a environmentalist because i wanna save animals who might turn extinct

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        Hunter 

        4 months ago

        I kill an animal

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        Markeese Klinger 

        5 months ago

        All these animals are so cute

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        fossilheadrocks 

        5 months ago

        I find great comfort knowing Homo Sapiens will also be extinct. I only hope were not the last ones..

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        lit man 

        5 months ago

        all of these animals are so cool to read about

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        Zubair 

        5 months ago

        All good things come to an end

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        Warrior Cats!!!! 

        5 months ago

        Why did they have to go extinct!?! And if you know a good website to find info on why some animals from Australia became extinct please tell me!

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        SURYA 

        6 months ago

        Stop saying "that i will try to protect"; first start from the small things that we could do as an individual.:-)

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        Olivia 

        6 months ago

        Really helpful!!! Thanks

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        Matt conlon 

        6 months ago

        This made me sad but I'm glad I looked at it.

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        bffsare4life 

        6 months ago

        this is so sad and i wish that stupid hunters would not kill endangered species. its like there trying to make animals go extinct.

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        Grace Jitulip 

        6 months ago

        I've seen a lot of comments about blaming ourselves. But I blame the hunters!

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        shubham kachhap 

        6 months ago

        People must be educated and let them know not to kill animal for money & livelihood. In future no creature will be left if it continued.

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        Lauren 

        7 months ago

        This is what you did humans...

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        james stockdale 

        7 months ago

        rip mr cow :(((

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        Uditanshu Dixit 

        8 months ago

        We will definitely meet them in our future. Because our future is no longer our future. It's our past.

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        Laurie Bennett 

        8 months ago

        Very interesting article and so sad..

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        SEINUDHEENM73 

        8 months ago

        We should protect today's wild life from extinction ....

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        jayesh Anand jaiswal 

        9 months ago

        Very beautiful images

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        earth lover 

        9 months ago

        I think according to me we are the worst living beings cuz we are killing the essence of life. if these colours of life were still alive, the earth would be the best place

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        amur leopard 

        9 months ago

        this is sad

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        Cute candy eagle 

        9 months ago

        WOW I can’t wait to see the extinct animals

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        Shabna 

        10 months ago

        What ever happened is so bad. But it is past. We can't do anything on that. But we can be good to the existing wild life.

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        lucy 

        10 months ago

        soo adorable and extremely cute

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        Blobfish lover 

        10 months ago

        So cute but they are no longer with us.

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        Ocelot350 

        10 months ago

        its so sad to think that if people hadn't been so cruel we would have been able to see millions of different and beautiful animals

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        Cameron 

        10 months ago

        I wish I could have seen all these animals. Let us not forget the Laughing Owl of New Zealand

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        Kittycatwild 

        10 months ago

        It's sad, but true. We have driven animals to extinction.

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        Cam 

        10 months ago

        It’s so sad to see that these animals are extinct. Btw, did anybody know, there are a few critically endangered lions left in India. It blew my mind.

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        Patricia Scott 

        11 months ago from sunny Florida

        Wish that I could have seen them up close and personal even if some may have been fearsome.

        What will be the animals posted many years from now that we are blessed to witness in our time ? Sad to think of...

        Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

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        someone 

        11 months ago

        helped me on my newsreport

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        ally 

        11 months ago

        help with school project

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        zara 

        11 months ago

        this was very useful for my school project

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        Ruby 

        11 months ago

        This is such a great website it relay helped me with my homework

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        ViviCat 

        11 months ago

        SOOOOO SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love animals SO MUCH!! );

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        Debra 

        12 months ago

        I just wanna save every animal out there!

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        Abhoy Das 

        12 months ago

        I am feeling very sad that these animals are no more in This world I am very unlucky because I have not seen these animals I hope we will stop other animal from getting extinct.I am telling to all people not to kill any animal anymore plz.

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        jim Canter 

        12 months ago

        Poaching takes a lot of animals. However to impoverished people, it is a way to provide for their families. Kill an animal, or let your children starve. Not much choice.

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        vani tandon 

        13 months ago

        I feel very bad for these animals...they are so beautiful..and I wish I could also live in A.D

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        Amanda 

        13 months ago

        I feel really bad for these animals that went extinct!!!

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        sara 

        13 months ago

        woolly mammoth is so beautiful

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        Pandey Yuvati 

        13 months ago

        I like Wooly Mammoth because it is very big and its teeth are very very very big.

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        anonymous 

        13 months ago

        This is so sad I wish they were all still here. some of them are so cute! and also did anyone else realise the character count is really random, 8192. why can't it be a whole number, this is where my OCD kicks in lol. :D

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        Janiah 

        13 months ago

        this is very intresting i want to read more i would like to research

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        Finn 

        13 months ago

        We can't cry over spilt milk now(pardon me), but we have a responsibility that endangered species in our era don't end up being just skin and bones in museums and collectors places.

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        Kim 

        16 months ago

        I would've done more researches about the rare smilodon But im just too lazy

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        Wyatt 

        17 months ago

        I don't think I've ever heard of these animal's

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        BamBam 

        18 months ago

        Sad

        i Love Animals

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        Dominic 

        19 months ago

        Great list, so sad for the Tasmanian Tiger!

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        diego 

        19 months ago

        this gives me all the facts

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        k.devakinandan 

        20 months ago

        expecting still more, good job !

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        hola como estas 

        21 months ago

        the Irish Elk is cool

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        Omar aged 9 

        21 months ago

        i like your website because my class is doing a project on reducing waste

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        Clara 

        3 years ago

        The Moa is so pretty it shouldn't be extinct same with the tasmanian tiger and mammoth. They are all pretty and gorgeous in their own ways.

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        cjarosz 

        4 years ago

        You have captured a great list.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks samowhamo, it looks great. In both our articles, it is the larger animals that are shown. The smaller animals don't get a look in! ...but then that's what people want to see.

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        samowhamo 

        5 years ago

        The smilodon, thylacine, and mammoth have always been among some of my favorites. It really is a shame the thylacine is extinct now had it not been for human ignorance the might still be alive today anyway great article if you are interested I have just finished a similar article here.

        http://samowhamo.hubpages.com/hub/Prehistoric-Nort...

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks for commenting idigwebsites. I would have loved to see one too!

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        idigwebsites 

        5 years ago from United States

        Lesson here is not to kill more animals, or else they would also exist only in the imaginations of future generations. Too bad we won't get to see interesting animals such as these anymore -- I would've loved to see a living moa. Voted up and interesting, awesome.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thanks Getitscene and Elias!

        I probably will do one endangered species. It's going to be quite a responsibility to pick 10 suitable animals for that one!

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        Dale Anderson 

        5 years ago from The High Seas

        Great hub!

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        Elias Zanetti 

        5 years ago from Athens, Greece

        Thank you Thomas for this informative hub. While extinction can be seen as a 'natural' course of evolution, we humans have played a huge role in many cases. I would really love to see a hub on endangered species. That perhaps would alert more people to the real danger of many more species getting extict in the near future.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Deomar, I would be very skeptical of anything on the Discovery Channel. They frequently spread misinformation for entertainment value, and blur the line between fact and fiction. I couldn't find any information about a more recent saber toothed tiger.

        pstraubie, I hope so too. Perhaps I should write a hub about endangered animals. I think there are only about 4000 tigers left in the wild; and many other great animals are also on the brink.

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        Patricia Scott 

        5 years ago from sunny Florida

        This is very interesting. I hope that in the future that many of the animals we find so enchanting today do not wind up in an article like yours. But rather in one that says...the ten most beautiful animals living today.

        thanks for sharing

        Sending Angels your way :) ps

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        Deomar Pandan 

        5 years ago

        I saw it on a Discovery Channel series about extinct animals. They had a video of the last saber-toothed tiger (which was its name) in captivity. People were just literally watching the species go extinct, since it was the last and had no partner.

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        Thomas Swan 

        5 years ago from New Zealand

        Thank you Anna and Deomar for your comments.

        Deomar, as far as I can tell, the Smilodon is the most recent saber-toothed cat, though Homotherium died out around the same time in North America. I can't find a record of one more recent than 10,000 years ago. Has a new fossil been discovered recently from another subspecies?

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        Deomar Pandan 

        5 years ago

        The wooly mammoth and moa are definitely in my list. I would have liked to see the more recent saber-toothed tiger, too.

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        Anna Haven 

        5 years ago from Scotland

        An interesting and well researched hub, voted up.

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