Weird Nature Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?  

Mick Jacobs
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List Rules Vote up the organisms who deserve another shot.

Life began on Earth approximately 3.8 billion years ago, and in that span of time countless species have come and gone. Extinct species, as sad as it sounds, simply become part of the natural cycle of life and evolution, except the species made extinct by human interference and pollution. Those extinctions fall on our shoulders. For one reason or another, species that went extinct are no longer able to be studied, observed, or enjoyed by humans. But when you think about all the cool extinct species lost to time, you start to think about what species you would bring back from extinction. We decided to pose this question to you, the Weird Nature audience, to determine which extinct species deserves another chance. Some of you desire to to bring back an extinct mammal, while others fantasized about making Jurassic Park a reality.

In addition to your selections, we also included the reasons why you want these organisms back on Earth. Hopefully, looking at this list of extinct organisms will help people realize how valuable and important endangered species are, and how much it blows to lose them.

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Woolly Mammoth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Woolly Mammoth

"Because I want snuffleupagus to be real."

The woolly mammoth was a species of mammoth, the common name for the extinct elephant genus Mammuthus. The woolly mammoth was one of the last in a line of mammoth species, beginning with ...more

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Thylacine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger)

"Glad I'm not the only one that thought of them."

The thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New ...more

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Irish Elk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Irish Elk

"Basically f*cking seven-foot deer with moose antlers."

The Irish elk is an extinct species of deer in the genus Megaloceros and is one of the largest deer that ever lived. Its range extended across Eurasia, from Ireland to northern Asia and Africa. ...more

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Dodo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Dodo Bird

"Because those stupid little sh*ts deserve to be protected."

The dodo is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its closest genetic relative was the also extinct Rodrigues solitaire, ...more

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Aurochs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Aurochs

"It died out in the 1600s. They were wild cows that stood six-feet tall at the shoulder. We're already trying to breed them back into existence because they provided a valuable ecological service in the areas they occupied. So, I'd bring the real thing back."

The aurochs, also urus, ure, is an extinct type of large wild cattle that inhabited Europe, Asia and North Africa. It is the ancestor of domestic cattle. The species survived in Europe until the ...more

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Megatherium is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Megatherium (The Giant Sloth)

"Wouldn't mind to see one or two around."

Megatherium was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to Central and South America that lived from the late Pliocene through the end of the Pleistocene. Its size was exceeded by only a ...more

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Cave lion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Cave lion

"I've been interested in them since I read the Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel."

Panthera leo spelaea or P. spelaea, commonly known as the European or Eurasian cave lion, is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is known from fossils and many examples of prehistoric art.

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Olive is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Saint Helena Olive

"I haven’t seen any extinct plants in the comments."

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Passenger Pigeon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Passenger Pigeon

"Audubon reported that when the flock flew overhead, it blocked the sun for three days. Terrible for crops, and they were tasty. Humans set out to kill them all, and did. One technique: they would sew the eyelids of one bird shut and put it on a stool. Blinded, they would sing for help. Others would come and be met with shotguns. Hence the nickname 'stool pigeon.'"

The passenger pigeon or wild pigeon is an extinct North American bird. Named after the French word passager for "passing by", it was once the most abundant bird in North America, and ...more

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Platybelodon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Platybelodon

"Because it makes me laugh."

Platybelodon was a genus of large herbivorous mammal related to the elephant. It lived during the Miocene Epoch, about 15-4 million years ago, and ranged over Africa, Europe, Asia and North ...more

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Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Megalodon

"How is this even a question?"

Megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 15.9 to 2.6 million years ago, during the Cenozoic Era. The taxonomic assignment of C. megalodon has been debated for nearly a ...more

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Tetrapod is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Tetrapod

"We could study it (without killing it) and hopefully better understand our origins, and the catalyst for our terrestrial existence."

The superclass Tetrapoda, or the tetrapods, comprises the first four-limbed vertebrates and their descendants, including the living and extinct amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The ...more

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Tyrannosaurus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Tyrannosaurus

"I'd love to pop some corn, chill out, and watch the destruction while laughing maniacally."

Tyrannosaurus rex meaning "king" in Latin), commonly abbreviated to T. rex, is one of the most well-represented of the large theropods. Tyrannosaurus lived throughout what is now ...more

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Velociraptor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Velociraptor

"I know it'd be a bad idea but they're just so cool."

"But not the ones from Jurassic Park. The real ones that were like toothy roosters."

Velociraptor is a genus of dromaeosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 75 to 71 million years ago during the later part of the Cretaceous Period. Two species are currently ...more

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Neanderthal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Neanderthal

"Maybe I could get a date with one."

The Neanderthals or Neandertals, us also -, --, -, - are an extinct species of human in the genus Homo. They are closely related to modern humans, differing in DNA by just 0.12%. Remains left by ...more

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Compsognathus

"Those tiny babies won't take humans bs. If someone killed one or bullied one, they'd team up and kill the human."

Compsognathus is a genus of small, bipedal, carnivorous theropod dinosaurs. Members of its single species Compsognathus longipes could grow to the size of a turkey. They lived around 150 million ...more

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Cro-Magnon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Cro-Magnon

"So I could make fun of their unibrows."

Cro-Magnon is a name that has been used to describe the first early modern humans of the European Upper Paleolithic. Current scientific literature prefers the term European Early Modern Humans, ...more