Animals That Scientists Want To Bring Back From Extinction

The number of extinct species is higher than species living on earth, according to the facts. And it may increase our curiosity a little more. You probably can’t overcome the scenes from the Jurassic Park film. Fortunately, we are living in a time where science can turn back the clock. Hence, it would not be surprising to see some of the world’s lost species de-extinct.

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We investigated which species could soon reoccur among us and selected the following which could be very exciting to see in real life.

1Quagga

Quagga went extinct in 1883 and they look like zebra that lost half of their stripes. Quagga once lived in South Africa until they were hunted to the disappearance. Zebras are surely the closest living relative of Quagga. Quagga can be around 8’5″ long and 4’5″ tall. However, DNA proof advises that Quagga was essentially a subspecies of zebra. It’s also known that some people in South Africa started breeding zebra to get the unique Quagga.

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2Woolly mammoth

Humans and climate change made woolly mammoths extinct. And now humans are planning to bring these giant creatures back. Are scientists trying to bring mammoths back to fight climate change? It is estimated that these mammoths went extinct around 4000 years ago. According to some reports, woolly mammoths originated in East Asia. African elephants are the closest living relatives of woolly mammoths. In terms of size, their height can go between 8.9 feet to 11.2 feet. And they can weigh up to 6 tons.

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3Baiji (Chinese river dolphin)

Known as the Chinese River Dolphin, the Baiji Dolphin lived there for over 20 million years. And they became extinct in the early 2000s. This freshwater river dolphin was nicknamed the “Goddess of the Yangtze”. Baiji originated in China and the Chinese White Dolphin is considered as the closest living relative among them. Pollution and dams degraded the habitat of these unique creatures. Though the species was declared extinct in the past decade, scientists claimed to spot one in the river in recent years.

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Baiji (Chinese river dolphin)

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4Elephant bird

The largest bird that ever existed, the elephant bird, was believed to be an egg-stealing victim. Elephant bird eggs were so huge that past humans thought they had made amazing food. It is also known that elephant birds originated in Madagascar and became extinct from 1000 CE to 1200 CE. Human activity is believed to be the main reason that led to the extinction of elephant birds. At present, kiwi birds are known as their closest living relatives. Egg fossils were used to extract the DNA of elephant birds.

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