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.


Though Deinonychus was small compared to Tyrannosaurus or Allosaurus, it was an agile theropod capable of deadly attacks. Nearly complete skeletons of this fierce dinosaur were discovered in southern Montana in 1964. Learn more.

The first remains of Hypsilophodon were discovered in 1849 from Early Cretaceous rocks on the Isle of Wight, England. They were long-legged, swift and agile. Scientists even thought they might have lived in trees. See why.

This dinosaur got its name, "iguana tooth," because its tooth looked like those of an iguana. It was a large ornithopod and walked on its stocky back legs. Discover if it was a plant or meat eater.

Discovered in 1966 in Niger is africa, this new dinosaur was first named and studied in 1976. Its name means "brave reptile." See why it is one of the most puzzling large ornithopods of the Cretaceous.

Discovered in Outer Mongolia in 1922, Psittacosaurus was one of the smallest and most primitive members of the Ceratopsia. Two of the specimens were juveniles, smaller than a robin. Learn about these tiny dinosaurs.

Sauropelta was different from many ankylosaurs because it had two types of teeth. They are also well-known as having the most accurate skeletal reconstructions and life restorations of any known ankylosaur. Read more.

Tenontosaurus was a medium-size ornithopod dinosaur from Montana and Wyoming. Skeletons range in size from very small juveniles to almost 22-foot-long adults. Learn more about how this dinosaur lived and what it ate.

The best-documented Early Cretaceous stegosaur is Wuerhosaurus. Skeletons were found in the Tugulo Formations near the northwestern part of the Junggar Basin, China. Learn more about his historic dinosaur.

Monoclonius was discovered by Edward Drinker Cope in 1876 along the Missouri River in Montana. Learn about Monoclonius, Late Cretaceous dinosaurs and dinosaurs of all eras.

The "reptile from Muttaburra," Muttaburrasaurus is one of the recently discovered ornithopods from Australia is and it is one of the best known from there. Learn more about this plant-eating dinosaur and its relatives.

Although it may be long extinct, this quirky bird continues to amaze scientist. The latest discovery? An awesome “musket ball” weapon located on the tip of its wing structure. Could our world once again include this big, old flightless pigeon?