Top 10 Extinct Animals Scientists Want to Revive

Events in history have caused numerous species to go extinct. As advancements in technology and as research progresses scientists are getting closer to bringing back some of these long lost creatures. On this episode we’ll take a look at the Top 10 extinct animals scientists want to revive.

10. Mastodon
· Also known as Mammut the mastodon was a type of Mammut proboscidean that lived from 27 million year ago up until 10,000 years ago.
· First named by the French Naturalist Georges Cuvier, the name Mastodon means ‘Nipple Tooth’ inspired by the nipple-like protuberance on the crowns of their molars.

9. Gastric-Brooding Frog
· Sometimes called Platypus Frogs these ground dweller frogs were indigenous to the Eastern Australia. The Gastric Brooding Frogs genus was composed of 2 distinct species, both of which are believed to have become extinct in the early 1980’s.
· Both species, being the Northern Gastric-Brooding Frog and Southern Gastric-Brooding Frog, had moist skin with a coating of slimy mucus. With dark brown skin, both these species had large protruding eyes.

8. Passenger Pigeon
· Its name is derived from the French word, passager, or passing by which reflects the constant migratory habit of this species.
· Also known as the wild pigeon, these birds once represented 25- 40 percent of the bird population on earth, with their number ranging from 3 – 4 billion during the 1800’s.
· Although many attempts were made to save the species, none were ever successful.

7. Thylacine
· Although the thylacine became extinct quite recently, evidence of their existence has been found in rock art and engravings which date back to 10,000 BC
· It’s sometimes called the Tasmanian tiger due to the stripes on its lower back.
· The last known individual thylacine died off in 1936 in captivity at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.
· The thylacine was considered non-violent to humans due to their shy nature.

6. Irish Elk
· Also known as the Giant Deer, Irish Elk were known to exist 77000 years ago.
· These elk predominantly lived on the Eurasian Continent.
· The Irish Elks was believed to be gigantic and was approximately two times the size of a full grown human.

5. Cuban Macaw
· Also known as the Red macaw, this bird became extinct in the late 19th century.
· As the name suggests, the Cuban Macaw was a bird native to the island of Cuba.
· They were relatively smaller in size, measuring between 40 and 50 cm.
· Cuban Macaws were known to nest in large holes found in trees. These birds preferred large forests as their habitat.

4. Quagga (Zebra)
· The quagga was a subspecies of the modern day Zebra, that was believed to have existed from the end of the pleistocene period till modern times.
· These horse like mammals were predominantly indigenous to the South African Plains.

3. Moa
· Known to be the only bird without wings and the tallest bird to walk the earth, the moa was predominantly a resident of New Zealand.
· Moas were considered to be most closely related to kiwis and emus but recently it has been discovered that the south american bird tinamous is the moa’s closest cousin.

2. Dodo
· The Dodo Birds, were flightless large birds, with large beaks and small legs. Dodo birds were only predominant on the island of Mauritius.
· These brownish to gray birds were approximately 3 feet 1 meter tall, weighing up to 47 pounds or 21 kg.

1. Woolly Mammoth
· Everyone knows and loves them the Woolly Mammoth were so huge that their name has evolved into an adjective to describe something of massive size.
· Known to have existed during the Pleistocene era, the woolly mammoth was the last species of Mammoths and became extinct approximately 4000 years ago after the last ice age.
· They adapted well over time to the cold environment with their layering of thick brown fur which dramatically helped hold their body heat.



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