10 Extinct Animals That You Wish Were Still Alive
The Irish Deer are believed to be the largest species of deer to ever have lived. They lived across Eurasia, and grew up to 7 ft. tall with antlers measuring up to 12 ft. long. The last of these species died in Ireland around 11,000 years ago.
2. The Great AukThe Great Auk were a species of flightless birds, and became extinct in the mid-1800s. They were the first birds to be in the genus Penguinis, although they were actually not penguins. These birds lived on rocky islands, and spent their time frolicking in the ocean.
3. The Cave LionCave lions were one of the largest species of lions - they were 8% - 10% larger than the modern lions living today. Cave lions did not live in caves, but are featured prominently in early cave paintings, as well as ivory carvings and clay figurines.
4. The Dodo The Dodo were another species of flightless birds, and they all lived on the island of Mauritius. Little is known about Dodos, as drawings, paintings, and written accounts of these birds vary significantly.
5. The QuaggaThe Quagga is a species of native zebras that lived until the 19th century in South Africa. They resemble a zebra with stripes on the upper half of their body, but resemble more of a horse on the lower half, which are missing stripes.
6. The Baiji White DolphinThe Baiji lived only in the Yangtze River in China, and are one of the few species of dolphins that do not have two stomachs. They can grow up to 8 ft. long and are distinguished by their long, pointed beak-like nose.
7. The Woolly MammothWoolly Mammoths were among the last species of mammoths, and coexisted with early humans. They were about the same size as modern African elephants, and were depicted in many prehistoric cave paintings.
8. The Giant TeratornThe Giant Teratorn, also known as the "magnificent silver bird", is the largest flying bird to be discovered. Their wingspan averaged around 10 ft. and weighed up to 33 lbs. Although well known for its ability to fly, these birds were also considered land birds.
10. The Woolly RhinoWoolly Rhinos survived the last ice age, and were well suited to their environment. In Siberia, mummified Woolly Rhinos were discovered, giving us most of the information we know about them today.
The animals that roam Earth today are all remarkable, but those that lived in the past were even more fascinating. Although these extinct creatures have been wiped off this world forever, they will always be marveled at and remembered.