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Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead? 

Mick Jacobs
Updated December 11, 2017 9.4k votes 1.3k voters 13.2k views 17 items

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 (Mammuthus primigenius) is an extinct species of mammoth that lived during the prehistoric or ice age Pleistocene until its extinction in the early Holocene epoch. It was one ...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 ( THY-lə-seen, or THY-lə-syne, also ; from Ancient Greek θύλακος thúlakos, "pouch, sack" + Latin -inus "-ine") (Thylacinus cynocephalus), now extinct, is ...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 (Megaloceros giganteus) also called the giant deer or Irish giant deer, is an extinct species of deer in the genus Megaloceros and is one of the largest deer that ever lived. Its ...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 (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The dodo's closest genetic relative was the ...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."

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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 ( meg-ə-THEER-ee-əm from the Greek mega [μέγας], meaning "great", and therion [θηρίον], "beast") was a genus of elephant-sized ground sloths endemic to South ...more
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Passenger Pigeon is listed (or ranked) 7 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.'"

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Cave lion is listed (or ranked) 8 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 spelaea, also known as the Eurasian cave lion, European cave lion, or steppe lion, is an extinct Panthera species that evolved in Europe probably after the third Cromerian interglacial ...more
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Olive is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?

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

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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 ("flat-spear tusk") was a genus of large herbivorous mammals related to the elephant (order Proboscidea). It lived during the middle Miocene Epoch in Africa, Asia and the
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Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?

"How is this even a question?"

Megalodon (Carcharocles megalodon), meaning "big tooth", is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 23 to 3.6 million years ago (mya), during the Early Miocene to the ...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."

Tetrapods (; from Greek: τετρα- "four" and πούς "foot") are four-limbed (with a few exceptions, such as snakes) animals constituting the superclass Tetrapoda. It includes ...more
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Tyrannosaurus Rex is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?

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

Tyrannosaurus is a genus of coelurosaurian theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex (rex meaning "king" in Latin), often called T. rex or colloquially T-Rex, is one of the most ...more
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Neanderthal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Neanderthal

"Maybe I could get a date with one."

Neanderthals (UK: ; US: ; German pronunciation: [neˈan.dɐ.taːl]; Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) are an extinct species or subspecies of archaic humans in the genus Homo, ...more
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Velociraptor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?

"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."

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Cro-Magnon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
Cro-Magnon

"So I could make fun of their unibrows."

European early modern humans (EEMH) in the context of the Upper Paleolithic in Europe refers to the early presence of anatomically modern humans in Europe. The term "early modern" is ...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 (; Greek kompsos/κομψός; "elegant", "refined" or "dainty", and gnathos/γνάθος; "jaw") is a genus of small, bipedal, carnivorous theropod ...more