Top 10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals

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There are a number of species flourishing in this planet, but did you know there are some amazing animals who extinct due to natural phenomenon like climate & geological changes, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, etc. So, this time we compiled a list of top 10 most amazing extinct animals. Just have a glance at this article.

10. The Dodo Bird

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The tenth position on our list is acquired by “The Dodo bird”. This was a flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius. This bird is related to doves and pigeons and Its presence wasn’t hard to miss due to their height (3 feet) This kind of bird species lived on fruits and nuts and nested on the ground and there is a saying that human beings are the main cause for its extinction. The last dodo bird died sometime in the late 17th century.

9. Aurochs

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Next on our list is one of the most famous extinct animals of Europe i.e. Aurochs. This species evolved in India some two million years ago after that it migrated into the Middle east and then further into Asia and finally reached Europe about 250,000 years ago.

Its hunting was allowed only to the members of the Royal Court and the Nobels, because they considered their pride in hunting down these animals. The last recorded live aurochs, which is a female, died in 1627 in the Jaktorow Forest, Poland.

8. Woolly Mammoth

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This hairy creature is one of the most amazing extinct land animals and regarded as one of the smaller species of mammoth. They believed to have migrated to North America across the Bering Land Bridge sometime during the late Pleistocene.

The woolly mammoth was one of the last in line of mammoth species. The last of the woolly mammoths died out at the end of the last ice age, which is about ten thousand years ago.

7. Quagga

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Quagga is one of the most famous extinct animals of Africa. It was originally classified as an individual species, but recent genetic studies have shown it to be southernmost subspecies of the plains Zebra.

It looks like a cross between horse and zebra, with stripes only on its neck and head. Native to South Africa, the original Quagga was hunted to extinction for its meat and hides. The last one died in an Amsterdam zoo in 1883.

6. Thylacine

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The thylacine was popularly known as the Tasmanian Tiger due to its stripped back. The thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times and belonged to New Guinea and Australia. This species went extinct in the 20th century as the last Thylacine died in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania in the year 1936.

5. Caspian Tiger

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Fifth position on our list of most extinct animals is acquired by “Caspian Tiger”. It was the most western subspecies of the tiger found in Turkey, Armenia, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Iran, Mongolia and Georgia. The Caspian tiger was the second largest of the tiger species.

Male Caspian tigers were very large and weighted around 170-240 kg, while females were not as large and weighted around 85-135kg. The Caspian tigers became extinct in the late 1970’s.

4. Smilodon

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Although there are many species of the saber toothed cats, but the most famous of them is Smilodon. They were more vigorously built than any modern cat species, having exceptionally long upper canines and well developed forelimbs.

Its extinction may be linked to the decline of the bigger herbivorous, which were replaced by smaller and more agile herbivorous animals like deer. Smilodon went extinct 10,000 years ago, along with most of the Pliestocene megafauna, in the quaternary extinction event.

3. Cave Lion

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This Eurasian lion or Cave lion was popular because they’re living in caves and regarded as one of the biggest predators of all time, hunting thousands years ago. These animals were very big and having the shoulder height of 1.2 meters and the length around 2 meters. The cave lion extinct about 10 thousand years ago, but some theory suggested that, they may have existed in the Balkans, 2000 years ago.

2. Irish Deer

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The Irish Deer or the Irish Elk were one of the largest deer that ever lived. These animals were very big with the height of 2.10 meters and a distance of 3.6 meters between the antlers.

They were hunted down for their large antlers. The last deer seemed to have lived about 7000 years ago, acording to the information given by the fossil found.

1. Tyrannosaurs Rex

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First position on our list of top 10 most amazing extinct animals is acquired by one and only “Tyrannosaurs Rex” or you can say “T-Rex”. This species was one of the most amazing extinct animals of all times and was one of the largest carnivorous, measuring up to 16.6 ft tall and 43.3 feet long and with 7 tons of mass.

The theory suggested that T-Rex extinction was mainly due to climate and geological changes.

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