Extinct Species That Could Be Brought Back To Life!

Extinct Species That Could Be Brought Back To Life!

From monstrous birds to dangerous predators,
today we look at extinct species that could be brought back to life: 10. Passenger Pigeon This bird was part of Columbidae, the dove
and pigeon family. It lived east of the Rocky Mountains in North
America. One of the last records of these creatures
was from 1896 when one was discovered traveling alongside a flock of mourning doves in the
wild. However, the final verified record is from
1901 when a male passenger pigeon was hunted, stuffed, and put on display at Millikin University
in Illinois; it is still there today. There were numerous claims of sightings in
the early 1900s, but none were authenticated. The main reason for the downfall of this species
was due to overhunting and the rapid loss of its habitat when people from Europe began
settling there in the 1800s. There are over 1,500 skins of passenger pigeons
and 16 skeletons that exist today; so, scientists have proposed that we should bring the species
back to life when we have the proper technology by using the genetic material within the specimens. The term for this is “de-extinction.” 9. Woolly Rhinoceros This rhino would’ve been found during the
Pleistocene epoch throughout northern Asia and Europe. The species has been the subject of many cave
paintings, such as the work in the famous Chauvet cave, which has helped scientists
determine its appearance. Mummified rhinos were also discovered in areas
in Siberia, further extending our knowledge of its physical characteristics. An adult one of these beasts would have been
nearly 13 feet long, over six feet tall, and would’ve weighed up to 6,000 pounds; they
would surely be a sight worth seeing if scientists could resurrect them. The oldest discovered fossil of the woolly
rhinoceros is from 3.6 million years ago. It is believed to have gone extinct due to
hunting by ancient people and climate change; although the latter reason is debatable since
these creatures could adapt to somewhat warmer temperatures. 8. Elephant Birds As you can probably tell by its name, the
elephant bird was a giant species of flightless bird. They are thought to have gone extinct sometime
before or during the 17th century. It is generally accepted that their downfall
was due to hunting and deforestation; however, another theory is that hyper-diseases from
guinea-fowl and chickens were transferred to the elephant birds. They used to inhabit Madagascar and could
grow up to nearly 10 feet tall and weigh over 1,000 pounds. Their eggs were also of substantial size. In the mid-1800s, three eggs were sent to
the French Academy of Sciences, and records stated that the eggs were up to 13 inches
in length and weighed 22 pounds, which is the largest ever discovered. Some of these eggs have been found intact,
and a couple of them are on display at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the
Harvard Museum of Natural History. 7. Thylacine This unique animal was the most significantly
sized carnivorous marsupial to be discovered in modern times. It is also referred to as the Tasmanian wolf
or the Tasmanian tiger. People believe it became extinct during the
20th century. Old photographs, films, and fossil records
indicate that they could grow up to 51 inches long, not including their tail, which would’ve
added about 26 more inches. They were also about two feet tall and weighed
up to 70 pounds; the males were more sizeable than the females. It is thought that the thylacine was a nocturnal,
somewhat shy animal whose basic appearance would be akin to that of a medium-sized dog;
however, it also had dark stripes on its back that are comparable to those of a tiger. The female exhibited a pouch to protect its
young; but, in contrast to other marsupials, its pouch opened toward the back of the animal
instead of toward the front. The thylacine’s colors would range from
light beige to deep brown, and their abdomens were off-white. These creatures could also open their mouths
up to 80 degrees, which is more significant than most other animals. A project to clone the Tasmanian tiger was
started in 1999 by the Australian Museum in Sydney; however, there was speculation that
their claim was simply a publicity stunt. In 2002, scientists were able to extract some
DNA from specimens; but, cloning proved impossible as further studies determined it wasn’t
usable. Nevertheless, research on the thylacine continues,
and we could have a clone soon. 6. Dodo This flightless bird inhabited the island
of Mauritius and was found nowhere else in the world. There are no complete dodo specimens that
exist today, so some characteristics, like its color or plumage, are difficult to pinpoint. However, written records indicate that they
were greyish-brown with light feathers near their rumps; they also had green, yellow,
and black beaks, black claws, and featherless, grey heads. Some fossil remains suggest that they could
grow to over three feet tall, and males were larger with longer beaks. They could’ve weighed anywhere from 22 to
over 60 pounds, as studies have been inconclusive overall. Although the dodo was initially thought to
be a vulture, albatross, or small ostrich, studies done in 1842 by Johannes Theodor Reinhardt
suggested that it was actually a ground pigeon; this research was ridiculed in the beginning
but was proven true later on. The extinction of the dodo was due to human
interference. They made easy prey for sailors because they
couldn’t fly. Plus, as people began introduced new animals
to the island, their habitat was destroyed. The last sighting of one of these birds was
recorded in 1662. 5. Quagga This creature once roamed the plains of South
Africa. It became extinct in the late 19th century. The quagga grew up to eight feet and five
inches long and could be as tall as four feet and five inches at its shoulders. It was a species of plains zebra that different
from other zebras mainly due to its oddly-placed stripes. Whereas the zebras we commonly think about
today have stripes covering their bodies, the quagga only had the pattern on the front
of its body and head. Its backside was generally brown with no stripes
and appeared more like that of a horse. The only one of these animals to be photographed
while still alive was a female at the Zoo of the Zoological Society of London. The extinction of the quagga was due to overhunting
by Dutch settlers and then Afrikaners later on. In 1987, the Quagga Project was initiated
by Reinhold Rau in South Africa; the goal was to make a new population of quagga-like
zebra through selective breeding. A year later, the project’s first baby was
born. When there is an adequate population of these
quagga-like animals, the project’s goal is to set them loose in the Western Cape where
they will hopefully help restore the habitat and maintain vegetation. The Quagga Project is controversial because,
although the animals look similar to their extinct relatives, they are not the same,
and they are currently unable to use DNA to clone this species. 4. Moa The moa encompassed nine species of flightless
birds that were unique to New Zealand. The tallest of the bird species were called
Dinornis, or “giant moa,” which could grow up to 12 feet tall and weigh over 500
pounds. Around the year 1280, the population of the
moa was estimated to be around 58,000. Their fossilized remains have suggested that
they mostly consumed various plants and gizzard stones, just like numerous other bird species. There are a total of 36 complete moa eggs
in several museums; their sizes differ significantly and could be anywhere from 4.7 to 9.4 inches
long and 3.6 to 7 inches wide. Although the eggs were generally white, some
of the upland moa laid blue-green eggs. Like many other animals, these birds went
extinct due to hunting and habitat destruction; by the year 1445, there were no moa remaining. Because so many of its remains exist, this
species is often considered a good candidate for cloning. 3. Woolly Mammoth This gargantuan creature lived during the
Pleistocene epoch. The male woolly mammoth grew up to 11.2 feet
tall and could weigh over 13,000 pounds, which is about the same size as today’s African
elephant. The females were smaller, and a calf would
have been about 200 pounds at birth. Through preserved soft tissue and cave paintings,
the appearance of the woolly mammoth has been easier to determine than that of other extinct
animals. They had long fur covering their bodies, small
ears compared to those of today’s elephants, and a short tail, all of which were adaptations
to cold weather and ways to combat frostbite. They also had long tusks that curved upward
and served as a defense against predators. The biggest male tusk discovered was 14 feet
in length and weighed about 200 pounds. Woolly mammoths became extinct in the late
Pleistocene and the beginning of the Holocene, which was a portion of the Quaternary extinction
event, during which many megafaunal animals disappeared. The majority of these mammals were lost 14,000
to 10,000 years ago. Due to the soft tissue remains of woolly mammoths,
the idea of using DNA to clone these giants continues to be discussed. 2. Saber-toothed Cat These species of predatory mammals were distinguished
by their lengthy, curved canine teeth that were akin to the shape of a saber… hence
the name. The fangs were visible even when the cats’
mouths were shut. They lived during the Eocene and Pleistocene
epochs and existed for over 40 million years. These dangerous creatures would often feed
on larger animals, including rhinoceroses, elephants, and other large herbivores. Their inclination to hunt sizable prey was
aided by their teeth, which allowed for deep incisions. However, their hunting strategies are often
debated. Some people hypothesize that they used their
teeth to attack other animals’ soft-tissue areas to take them down; but, others, such
as C.K. Brain, a paleontologist from South Africa, believe that the saber-toothed cat’s
abilities were mostly attributed to its significant neck muscles instead of its jaws. Whatever the case, maybe it isn’t the best
idea to bring these guys back to life. 1. Pyrenean Ibex Also known as the bucardo, herc, and bouquetin,
the Pyrenean ibex unsurprisingly lived only in the Pyrenees, a mountain range in southwest
Europe. This creature had short hair in a variety
of colors, depending on the season; but, its hair grew longer and thicker during the winter. The males and females exhibited different
coloring; males ranged from brown and black to a dull grey, and females didn’t have
any black whatsoever. The males also had more significant, thicker
horns that curved away from their heads and to the back, and then began curving back toward
the animal and upward, forming a point that faced toward the sky. The Pyrenean ibex didn’t become extinct
until 2000, when the last female, named Celia, passed away. The species’ downfall was due to overhunting
and the introduction of other hooved animals to their habitat. The Pyrenean ibex was also the first creature
to be brought back to life. In October 2000, Spain’s government agreed
to an offer with Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., a biotechnology company, to use cloning
technology to resurrect the animal. They used Celia’s tissue to create the clone;
it was born alive in 2003. However, it was lost just minutes after because
it had defects in its lungs.

15 thoughts on “Extinct Species That Could Be Brought Back To Life!

  1. You were doing ok, up until you butchered the name of the island MAURITIUS. Pronounced MORE RISH ISS .
    NOT more e ti us, or whatever the hell you called it.

  2. The may have made easy prey but Dodo's were not eaten by sailors because their flesh was very oily and was too disgusting to be eaten. Rats eating their eggs seems to be one of the main causes.

    Surely before we bring these extinct animals back to life we should make sure we understand why they went extinct. Yes some extinctions were due to hunting but others, such as the Woolly Mammoth, did not. Despite claims to the contrary. So until we understand why they died out would it not be more prudent to wait.

  3. But why ?.. They're going to die again..
    So why bring them back.. They're not going to be same as the real animals that has been extinct..
    Thanks for the video..👍👌

  4. The pattern here is humans. Bring down the number of people and you will make a great environmental improvement on earth. It would be better than cutting pollution, recycling, and all that garbage.

  5. No reason bring killer animals that would kill good ppl. and there children , if went for a walk . They all should be exstict , so they wont be helpping the communist to kill the good ppl. in hiding in invasions . So what Communist would do .

  6. Why not learn how to respect the animals we've already got before we go off recreating extinct ones?

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