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Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?

Updated August 7, 2020 12.0k votes 1.5k voters 15.1k views17 items

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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?
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    Woolly Mammoth

    "Because I want snuffleupagus to be real."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Aurochs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
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    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 (The Giant Sloth) is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
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    Megatherium (The Giant Sloth)

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

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

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

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    Saint Helena 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?
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    Platybelodon

    "Because it makes me laugh."

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

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

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    Megalodon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
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    "How is this even a question?"

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

    "Maybe I could get a date with one."

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    Tyrannosaurus Rex is listed (or ranked) 14 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."

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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?
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    Cro-Magnon

    "So I could make fun of their unibrows."

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    Compsognathus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Which Extinct Species Would You Bring Back From The Dead?
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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."

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