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.

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Should we bring extinct species back to life?

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

How did passenger pigeons become extinct?

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.

Why were so many prehistoric animals so big?

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

How were tarpans different from domestic horses?

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

How Pterosaurs Worked

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?

9 Extinct Exotic Sea Creatures

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.

10 Terrifying Extinct Cetaceans

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.

How Woolly Mammoths Worked

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.

Could you really outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex?

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?

Top 10 Extinct Animals

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

How Megalodon Worked

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.

Dinosaur Encyclopedia

It isn't hard to imagine this scene even though dinosaurs haven't walked the earth for millions of years. Dinosaurs have captured our imaginations. These dinosaur articles have been written to lead you into the exciting world of dinosaur research and back to the "Age of Dinosaurs."

Allosaurus

Allosaurus was the most powerful, fearsome is and deadly dinosaur of the Late Jurassic. Until the Tyrannosaurus appeared this dinosaur was the largest predator to roam the Earth.

Apatosaurus

Apatosaurus is perhaps one of the most famous dinosaurs because of the size of the animal. A fully grown Apatosaurus could reach up to 70 feet in length. The size of this dinosaur is what earned it the nickname "thunder lizard."

Archaepteryx

Archaepteryx was a very unique dinosaur in that it resembled a bird. It is known from only six fossils, but those fossils may be the most famous bones in the world. The Archaepteryx is the dinosaur that resembles modern birds the most.

Brachiosaurus

The Brachiosaurus is a unique dinosaur because of the placement of the nostril openings, which were slightly above the eyes. Its front legs were longer than the rear, which made it able to eat the leaves from high tree branches.

Camarasaurus

One of the most common sauropods of the Late Jurassic was the Camarasaurus. It was a large, 25-ton plant-eater was strong and massive, with powerful legs and a strong neck and tail.

Camptosaurus

Camptosaurus was one of the smallest plant-eating dinosaurs of the Late Jurassic. It weighed no more than 1,000 pounds and stood just five feet tall at the hips. Its strong legs were designed to help it avoid any predators.

Ceratosaurus

Ceratosaurus was perhaps the greatest rival of the Allosaurus. It had a huge head with powerful jaws is and a massive body. It also had powerful legs which allowed it to run at high speeds.

Compsognathus

The Compsognathus was one of the smallest known dinosaurs, which is amazing considering that it was a meat-eating dinosaur. This animal was about the size of a turkey and lived mostly near water. What else do we know about this dinosaur?

Dacentrurus

Dacentrurus was an armored dinosaur that was related to the Stegosaurus. The most prominent feature on this dinosaur was the set of large spikes on the end of the tail. It also had plates of bones on its back just like the Stegosaurus.

Datousaurus

Datousaurus may have been an animal that traveled by itself and ate the leaves of the tallest plants in its environment. It lived in the Middle Jurassic Period in what is now modern day China.

Diplodocus

Diplodocus was an incredibly large dinosaur. It is the longest dinosaur known from complete skeletons. A fully grown adult could reach a length of 90 feet. Skeletons of this massive dinosaur have been found in North America.

Dryosaurus

Dryosaurus is the most important member of the family Dryosauridae. This is a group of small plant-eating dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous of North America, eastern Africa is and Europe.

Huayangosaurus

Huayangosaurus was a type of stegosaur that lived in the Middle Jurassic in what is now China. The most prominent feature on this dinosaur is the rows of bony plating that ran down its back.


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