Extinct

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EXTINCT SPECIES

Choose any of the Extinct Species below for further study and review. This will help deepen one’s understanding of why the species became extinct.

blue_pike_2011Blue Pike: The blue pike was an endemic fish of the Great Lakes region in the United States and Canada. It was once commonly found in the waters of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the Niagara…continue reading


monk_seal_2011Carribean Monk Seal: A sub-tropical marine mammal, the Caribbean monk seal was first recorded in modern scientific terms by Columbus in 1493 during his famous voyage to the Americas…continue reading


dodo_2011Dodo Bird: The dodo bird inhabited the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, where it lived undisturbed for so long that it lost its need and ability to fly. It lived and nested on the ground and ate…continue reading


dusky_seaside_sparrow_2011Dusky Seaside Sparrow: The dusky seaside sparrow became extinct in 1987. It is widely considered to be the most recent, well-documented extinction of a vertebrate in the United States…continue reading


heath_hen_2011Heath Hen: The heath hen, a small wild fowl, was a relative of the prairie chicken. It was once considered quite tasty and was rather easy to kill. Prior to the American Revolution, the…continue reading


moa_2011Moas: A mere 1,000 years ago, giant flightless birds called moas inhabited the islands of New Zealand. There were more than a dozen species of moa and the largest of these may have weighed more than…continue reading


neanderthal_2011Neanderthals: Neanderthals were an early kind of human who lived in Europe and possibly west Asia from 120,000 years ago until 35,000 years ago. Neanderthals are often known by their burly stature and heavy…continue reading


passenger_pigeon_2011Passenger Pigeon: How could the passenger pigeon be extinct when it was the most abundant bird species on Earth no so long ago? It is almost impossible to imagine that the passenger pigeons’ population, which…continue reading


wolly_mammoth_2011Pleistocene Megafauna: Fifteen thousand years ago giant animals roamed the North American continent. These extremely large animals, known as megafauna, included several species of elephant, such as the…continue reading


stellars_sea_cow_2011Stellar’s Sea Cow: The Steller’s sea cow was the largest of the sirenians (a group of marine mammals that includes Manatees and dugongs). At one time it inhabited the Pacific Rim from Japan to California…continue reading


tasmainian_wolf_2011Tasmanian Wolf: Was Thylacinus cynocephalus a wolf or a tiger? It was neither. This remarkable animal looked like wolf with tiger stripes on its back and tail, but it was more closely related to…continue reading