Famously Extinct Animals

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A Look at Some Species Which Will Never Return

The worst fate a species can come up against is extinction which is to say that their particular breed no longer exists. This horrifying end which our innate survival skills are constantly pulling away from can occur to flora and fauna of all sizes. Extinction isn’t just reserved for those around in catastrophic natural disasters, it still happens today largely because of the way that humans have chosen to interact with the planet. With deforestation, mining of natural resources and pollution to boot, it’s never been harder to survive on a disaster free planet than now. Many organisations around the world help to preserve animal life but it is a difficult and lengthy battle. The only thing we can do about these animals that are wiped off the face of the earth is chronicle them and try not to make the same mistake again, here are some of the most well remembered extinct species.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Of course, the dinosaurs must make the cut as here a planetary upset caused a colossal extinction event. However, the T-Rex as it is often shortened to is one of the most famed creatures of the time thanks to our fascination with these large and terrifying beasts. Though they have been made into realistic giant lizards time and time again in films like the Jurassic Park, it’s actually very likely that these monsters of the prehistoric age were covered in feathers and not scales.

Irish Elk

This creature seems almost fanciful thanks to Ireland being a place shrouded in myth and legend. But the Irish Elk should not be lumped in with talk of giants and leprechauns because they were a real species that died out around five thousand years ago. These huge deer were found all across Europe but came to a distinct end likely due a mix of a changing environment and hunting. These creatures held the record for the largest antlers of any deer yet now there aren’t any left, a sad end for such a bold animal.

Dodo
Dodo

Dodo

Unquestionably one of the most famous extinct species, the dodo seems to be the go-to example for something that will never return. This widely known dead animal has made its way into common language with terms like “Dead as a dodo” meaning gone forever. Its likely that this flightless bird that once roamed the island of Mauritius, east of Africa became synonymous with extinction because of the direct human impact of their demise and also the prominent appearance of one in Lewis Carrol’s Alice In Wonderland stories.

Caspian Tiger
Caspian Tiger

Caspian Tiger

A much more modern example of humans affecting a species is the Caspian Tiger which left the planet around 1970. Once of the largest cat species ever, this giant predator was whittled down to nothing at the hand of the Russian Military. With a combination of destroying their habitat for crop space, hunting what was once their prey and purposefully culling these dangerous creatures the tigers had no chance against modern man. Their extinction alone shows just how destructive humans can be when acting thoughtlessly or thinking clearly with a skewed perspective.