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Extinct Species

The last known live animal was captured in 1933 in Tasmania. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger because of its striped lower back, or the Tasmanian wolf because of its canid-like characteristics.

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by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 12:57 PM

I was just reading about Japanese treatment of animals, etc. and hunting there caused the Japanese Sea Lion to become extinct in the 1970s.

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by Anonymousreply 1Last Saturday at 7:33 AM

The O-o bird never call a response to his mating song. So sad, little bird.

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by Anonymousreply 2Last Saturday at 8:53 AM

OP, I find thylacines fascinating because, as you mentioned, they have or had canid-like characteristics and habits, but they were marsupials, complete with pouches like kangaroos. Their similarities to wolves despite being completely different species is an excellent example of convergent evolution.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Saturday at 9:08 AM

Republicans. (In my dreams.)

by Anonymousreply 4Last Saturday at 9:28 AM

Not as exciting as the Thylacine, maybe, but the Passenger pigeon is a case study that always blows my mind. Previously the most abundant bird in North America, with flocks that were said to darken the sky for hours when they passed and an estimated population of 3 billion individuals. Yet, by the end of the 19th Century, the species had been hunted to extinction.

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by Anonymousreply 5Last Saturday at 9:49 AM

Sad :(

by Anonymousreply 6Last Saturday at 10:01 AM

Dinosaurs, extinct since 1989.

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by Anonymousreply 7Last Saturday at 10:32 AM


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by Anonymousreply 8Last Saturday at 10:46 AM

I believe that OP’s Thylacine was held in Hobart Zoo in Tasmania, in a horrible little enclosure, and died of exposure when it was locked out of its sleeping quarters. Awful. There’s some heartbreaking film of it pacing back and forward on the concrete floor, and showing how incredibly wide it could open its jaws. It’s only one of many many extinctions, it’s getting worse, and it’s so frigging depressing.

by Anonymousreply 9Last Saturday at 10:53 AM

This is why I believe we will eventually be extinct as a species.

We’re just too freakin’ selfish and stupid to care about anything or anyone else.

If we cannot get ourselves out of the mindset that we have set for ourselves via religion that life on earth doesn’t matter, and that our only purpose is to get here, die, and go to heaven or hell, we will also go by way of the extinct and we will certainly all end of up in hell if there is such a thing, which there isn’t. But our extinction is a hell of its own, and that was the message all along.

by Anonymousreply 10Last Saturday at 11:04 AM

Great photo exhibit to explore some of the extinct/endangered animals @ NatGeo

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by Anonymousreply 11Last Saturday at 11:30 AM

I’m fine with the Costa Rican Jumping Viper going the way of the Dodo.

by Anonymousreply 12Last Saturday at 12:57 PM
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