Extinct animals, there are many more than you think. If we immediately think of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, we are not wrong, because it has disappeared well 65 million years ago, it is right to remember it still today because it is still one of the largest carnivores of all time, the fossil of its skin has been found and we can say that it weighed about 7 tons.
Without taking anything away from this animal, let's get to know all the others too Extinct animals which, in addition to not existing in the flesh, are not even mentioned except by experts in the sector. There are hundreds and hundreds of living species of which no trace remains, others have left fossil traces, still others, recently disappeared, have been immortalized by cameras of our time.
They look like names, and fictional creatures, but they are not. Once, these extinct animals lived on earth like us, this also applies to the Cave lion, disappeared for natural causes 2 thousand years ago, from lands where a cold climate prevailed. Another missing is the most famous Dodo, also rich in symbolic meanings: for those who have not had the pleasure of reading it, it is a large bird that does not fly, it inhabited the island of Mauritius until the second half of the 17th century.
Would you ever imagine an animal similar to a hybrid between zebra and horse? And the Quagga, or rather, it was the quagga, until 1883, and lived in Africa, we can admire it in a photo taken in a London zoo in 1870.
Among the extinct animals, there is also the Tasmanian marsupial wolf, which is what many will know as the Devil, or tiger, Tasmanian. He has not been with us since 1936, while the Steller's sea cow it disappeared from circulation much earlier, as early as 1768. The largest deer ever existed, the Giant deer, is among the "oldest" extinct animals, dates back to 9000 years ago, lived in
Eurasia and could even reach 3.5 meters in width, much more recently it has disappeared the Caspian Tiger or Persian tiger, in 1970.
Among the extinct animals there is also an aggressive bovine named Uro, it was widespread mainly in Great Britain but also in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, the last specimen, however, lived in Poland until 1627. Further north, along the coasts of Canada and the north-eastern United States but also in Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland and Great Britain, long ago we would have found theAlca rampant, similar to the penguin, if we had lived before the mid 19th century.
Recently extinct animals
There are many animals that have recently disappeared, consulting the updated list a strong sadness has invaded me. Without my knowing it, even well after my birth year, many animals they have stopped inhabiting the planet I live on, in silence.
Among the carnivores we find the Japanese sea lion and the Caribbean monk seal, which disappeared in the 1950s, and then the Barbadian raccoon and the Mexican brown bear, both in 1964. The Capra pyrenaica, passing to ungulates, became extinct in 2000 as did the Pyrenean ibex, the black rhino western even in 2006: only 10 years ago!
Among insects, in the mythical '68, the flying fox of Guam while looking at the rodents, among the most recent disappearances, the names of the lemming of the peat bogs of Nebraska (1968), of the Galapagos mouse of Darwin (thirties) and of the giant squirrel of Dang (1940) appear.
Extinct animals in nature
If at times we have used our own to make an animal disappear from the face of the earth, this is not always the case. Lately the climate change and the pollution of the many environments that house animals do not help, but going back with the clock, millennia ago, we find extinct animals in nature.
Extinct animals: cloning
One of the protagonists of the adventure of cloning extinct animals is the mammoth. Among those who are working hard on it is Harvard University which has managed to insert fragments of the DNA of the prehistoric animal into the genetic code of a modern elephant. Let's not imagine scenes at the Jurassic Park but never say never. Remains of the last specimens of this animal were preserved in the permafrost of Wrangel Island, located in the Arctic Ocean.
Extinct animals: pictures
Illustrator and digital sculptor, Davide Bonadonna of extinct animals he draws and dreams of many. He collaborates with paleontologists and helps them to reconstruct prehistoric animals, with his skill he has created illustrations of extinct animals that have found space in museums, exhibitions, theme parks and in international scientific and popular magazines such as National Geographic Magazine.
If we have less than 5 years, or a great curiosity, between reality and fantasy, leafing through the book "Prehistoric animals" we can explore the past through extinct animals and their exciting history. It is a children's book, at 10 euros on Amazon, or for those who want to find out what the earth was like millennia ago and who lived there.
Extinct animals: photos
A collection of photos and information, very interesting on extinct animals, is the one proposed in the book "The dearly departed“, Not to be missed, to reflect on.
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