Woolly Mammoth

The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) was a mammoth species that existed from the Pleistocene epoch until the Holocene epoch, when it became extinct. It was the last of a line of mammoth species that began in the early Pliocene with… Continue Reading

Great Auk

The great auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a flightless alcid species that died out in the mid-nineteenth century. The genus Pinguinus had only one current species. It is not closely related to the birds presently known as penguins, which were discovered… Continue Reading

Steller’s Sea Cow

Georg Wilhelm Steller described the extinct sirenian Steller’s sea cow in 1741. It was only found near the Commander Islands in the Bering Sea between Alaska and Russia at the time; during the Pleistocene period, its range expanded over the… Continue Reading

Saber-Toothed Tiger

A saber-toothed tiger is an extinct predatory animal with long, curved saber-shaped canine teeth that protrude from the mouth when closed. From the Eocene period through the end of the Pleistocene period 42 million years ago (mya) – 11,000 years… Continue Reading


The Thylacine was a carnivorous marsupial that lived on the Australian mainland as well as the islands of Tasmania and New Guinea before becoming extinct. Prior to its extinction, it was the world’s largest known carnivorous marsupial, developing about 2… Continue Reading

Passenger Pigeon

Passenger Pigeon was a famous pigeon that exists in the European region of the globe. Its scientific name is Ectopistes migratorius. Migratorius means “migrating” and Ectopistes means “moving around or roaming.” The scientific term alludes to a bird that not… Continue Reading

Pyrenean Ibex

Pyrenean Ibex

The Cantabrian Mountains, Southern France, and the northern Pyrenees were home to the Pyrenean ibex. During the Holocene and Upper Pleistocene, this species was widespread, and its morphology, particularly certain skulls, were discovered to be greater than that of other… Continue Reading

Baiji White Dolphin

Baiji White Dolphin

The baiji is a freshwater dolphin species that may be extinct. It is considered to be the first dolphin species to go extinct as a result of human impact. Baiji translates to ‘white fin’ in Chinese, therefore it’s a white-finned… Continue Reading

West African Black Rhinoceros


The western black rhinoceros, also known as the West African black rhinoceros, was a subspecies of the black rhinoceros that was considered extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2011. Genetically, the western black rhinoceros was… Continue Reading