Archive for the 'Extinct animals' Category

Odd Ancient Crocodiles Previously Lived in the Sahara

odd-ancient-crocodiles-previously-lived-in-the-saharaThree newly identified species shared Sahara area 100 million years ago

From a crocodile sporting a boar-like snout to a peculiar pal with buckteeth for digging up grub, an odd-looking bunch of such reptiles dashed and swam across what is now the Sahara Desert some 100 million years ago when dinosaurs ruled. Continue Reading »

Extinct Animals - Moas

extinct-animals-moasA 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 200 kilograms and stood 2 to 3 meters high. Continue Reading »

Extinct Animals - Falkland Islands Wolf (aka Dusicyon australis)

extinct-animals-falkland-islands-wolf-aka-dusicyon-australisIts current scientific name is Dusicyon australis, meaning foolish dog of the south, alluding to its lack of fear of man. The Falkland Islands Wolf is larger than any others of the South American canids. It stood up about 60 cm (24 inches) high at the shoulders, and had a brownish-grey fur with black ears and a paler under body. Continue Reading »

Extinct Animals - DODO also Known as Raphus cucullatus

extinct-animals-dodo-also-known-as-raphus-cucullatusGEOGRAPHIC RANGE

Dodos and solitaires are Extinct, no longer existing, but were once found on the Mascarene Islands of Mauritius, Rodrigues, and perhaps RĂ©union in the Indian Ocean. Continue Reading »

Extinct Animals - The Thylacine

extinct-animals-the-thylacineWhat is a Thylacine?

The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus: dog-headed pouched-dog) is a large carnivorous marsupial now believed to be extinct. It was the only member of the family Thylacinidae to survive into modern times. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf. Continue Reading »