Extinct Animals

Extinct animals are those species which are no longer living. This group includes prehistoric animals like dinosaurs and ice-age mammals, as well as moden species like the Dodo.


The extinction of ice age megafauna and the disappearance of their mammoth-sized poop allowed pumpkins to become what they are today.

Eggs are trickier than you might think.

Scientists discover male animals flashed sabers far longer than first thought.

Iguanodon continues to perplex us. Across the vastness of evolutionary time, she gives us a double thumbs-up. We just don't know if we should run or throw her a ripe mango.

Both of these massive prehistoric creatures belonged to the same family, but they're actually very different species.

Grizzly bears are usually associated with colder climates, so you might be surprised to learn that they've also called Mexico home.

The basic idea of "Jurassic Park" — minus the carnage — is both appealing and approaching reality. But reintroducing extinct species requires some careful consideration.

Centuries ago, people didn't just sit on park benches and feed pigeons bread -- they ate the birds, too. Needless to say, passenger pigeons did not respond well to humans' voracious appetite.

If you've been curious about why dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals were so massive, know that paleontologists are still on the case.

A mysterious wild horse called the tarpan eluded hunters for centuries until succumbing to extinction. What made it special?

They were creatures of the air, but they aren't part of the avian family tree — and don't call them dinosaurs. What was life like for the pterosaurs, and what has sparked renewed interest in these flying reptiles?

A stunning array of strange and ferocious aquatic beasts patrolled Earth's waters long before they became the stuff of legends and "Jurassic Park" movies. One could eat a great white shark in one gulp.

If you thought sea monsters were just the stuff of myth, you thought wrong. With giant, razor-sharp teeth, ancient cetaceans — the ancestors to modern whales, dolphins and porpoises — make even nightmares seem dull.

Hop in your time machine, set the clock back a few thousand years and meet some woolly wonders. They even have a few things to teach us about the fate of modern elephants.

OK, hop in your time machine and go back 67 million years or so to the Cretaceous period. Then find a Tyrannosaurus rex and challenge it to a race. Sounds crazy, huh? Could you really outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex?

Learn more about the top 10 most mysterious creatures to disappear from the earth.

The megalodon was born as big as an adult great white and grew to weigh as much as 7 Tyrannosaurus rex. Learn all about the megalodon.

The oldest record of a fossil dinosaur bones discovery is in a Chinese book written between 265 and 317 A.D. Learn more about dinosaur discoveries and the places they were made in this article.

The Late Cretaceous Period was an era of great transformation and was when the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth. Learn more about the Late Cretaceous Era and the dinosaurs that existed during it.

Modern dinosaur discoveries in the USA and Canada detail important discoveries in recent times. The United States and Canada are home to some of the most vigorous dinosaur research in the world. What are some of these discoveries?

Dinosaur evolution looks at how dinosaurs developed and changed over the course of time. Paleontologists study the different types of dinosaurs and how they are related to each other. How else is dinosaur evolution studied?

Dinosaurs became extinct at the end of the Cretaceous Period. How and why is a puzzle that paleontologists are trying to solve by studying fossils and rock formations. Learn more about the different extinction theories.

Interest in dinosaurs soared to new heights in the 1990s, thanks largely to the blockbuster film Jurassic Park. So too did dinosaur discoveries. Since 1990, more than 100 new dinosaur genera have been described and named. Learn more about recent dinosaur discoveries.

The recently discovered large theropod Abelisaurus comahuensis, from Patagonia is argentina, looked a little like Albertosaurus from Alberta, Canada, particularly in its size and lifestyle. Find out more about the Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.

Albertosaurus was an older "cousin" to the better-known Tyrannosaurus. In many ways the two were similar: the head was large compared to the body, the tiny forearms had only two fingers each is and the long tail balanced the body over two powerful back legs.Find out more about the Late Cretaceous dinosaurs.