View Full Version : Which extinct animals would you like to see resurrected?

02-27-2013, 07:07 PM
Many species have been noted from historical observations and fossil digs to have disappeared from the planet. The Wiki page on African species alone (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_extinct_animals_of_Africa) shows the wide scope of that loss.

As the title states, I'm very interested to find out which species everyone else wishes to see return from the dead, if it were possible, through fertilisation techniques.

My top three picks are the woolly mammoth, Smilodon (sabre-tooth tiger) and the Caspian tiger. However, I am always intrigued by the varied morphology of known Felidae and Elephantidae members (these are the scientific families to which cats and elephants respectively belong to).

Some of the known variations (extinct) of the Elephantidae family are shown below. The different tusk configurations are pretty impressive.







Clinton P
02-27-2013, 10:23 PM
I would quite like to see the Thylacine (http://australianmuseum.net.au/The-Thylacine) (Thylacinus Cynocephalus) and the Dodo (http://www.internationaldovesociety.com/MiscSpecies/Dodo.htm) (Raphus Cucullatus).

Clinton P

02-27-2013, 10:39 PM
I would like to see Lystrosaurus he is quite cute and lovable



02-28-2013, 01:24 AM
I have the same ones that DMXX stated, but then, the Dodo would also be great. Too many choices.

02-28-2013, 01:32 AM
I'd also like to see the Castoroides brought back because...well, it was a 2.5-metre-long beaver. That's a big ego boost for a Canadian.


02-28-2013, 12:33 PM
cool topic!

I too would like to see the saber tooth tiger (or any other big cat type, love the big cats). I would also like to see the giant cave bears and auroch type bulls the first Europeans ran into...they must have been an intimidating sight to first see in a new land!


02-28-2013, 05:15 PM
I would have to also vote for the Dodo, but I am a bird lover. I won't bore you with the number of song birds I would like back....

For pure mammalian majesty, I would like to see a living Irish Elk
or for that matter a Steller's Sea Cow

03-02-2013, 09:14 AM
I'd also like to see the Castoroides brought back because...well, it was a 2.5-metre-long beaver. That's a big ego boost for a Canadian.


Yes, but you have to think it though first. You know, consider both "beaver" and "after".

EDIT: I'd probably go with the mammoth, too. Although if you incubated one in an elephant womb, I'm sure momma would be very surprised by the result. A couple of decades or so ago I saw a zebra foal with a horse mare at the Louisville (Kentucky) Zoo. At first I thought the horse had just been brought in as a "milk mother", but the zebra had actually been born to her. They caused the zebra mare to superovulate, fertilized all the eggs, and implanted them in multiple surrogate mothers. The idea was to help preserve the population of whatever species of zebra it was -- I don't remember which one, now.

The same technique had also been used with cattle. Of course, one drawback for the horse was that a zebra has a longer incubation period, and apparently that's usually controlled by the fetus.

03-02-2013, 02:27 PM
Yes, but you have to think it though first. You know, consider both "beaver" and "after".

True enough! :) With all DMXX's elephantids wandering around, I figured nobody will notice a few more missing trees... and the Castoroides could also be a good food source for a resurrected short-faced bear.


10-22-2013, 11:01 PM
Here's an interesting list of lost critters and salads:


10-23-2013, 12:13 AM
being a cat lover, I like this list...sure glad the north american giant putty tat aint in my neck of the woods!



10-23-2013, 12:16 AM
Neanderthal :)

10-23-2013, 06:38 AM
Stellar's Sea Cow, largest species of the Sirenia Order, and became extinct only in 1768


Falkland Islands Wolf, became extinct in 1876, and the first canid to become extinct in historical times


Giant Fossa, became extinct a few centuries ago, but some people in Madagascar claim there exist two fossas one of which is larger than the more common one today as pictured below.



10-23-2013, 09:38 AM
Where do you start : )_

I'd love to see these in flight though, but possibly not to close !!

Haast's Eagle (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haast's_Eagle)

10-23-2013, 09:47 AM
If science was at the stage of bringing extinct species back to life, I'd ask them to focus on plants instead of animals, as we have lost countless opportunities to discover cures for various diseases and ailments among plants no longer with us.

11-01-2013, 07:35 AM
I would actually like to see a Dodo bird.

11-04-2014, 12:17 AM
Dodo bird.

11-04-2014, 01:53 PM
Homo (sapiens) neanderthalensis, definitely. :)

Next on the list would be the thylacine.

11-04-2014, 05:56 PM
Meiolania, the 8 foot long armoured turtle of New Caledonia.

11-06-2014, 04:43 PM
Woolly mammoth.

01-27-2015, 12:07 AM
gigantopithecus blacki


03-03-2015, 05:08 AM
Tasmanian Tiger!

03-03-2015, 05:44 AM
dodo from the islands of the indian ocean

04-29-2015, 02:01 PM
Plesiosaurs, there just so unique

04-29-2015, 06:01 PM
Caspian Tiger
Barbary Lion

04-29-2015, 07:24 PM
I fell in love with the Balearic Cave-Goat, Myotragus, years ago, when I came across Bjorn Kurten's book in the public library.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pleistocene-Mammals-Europe-Bjorn-Kurten/dp/0202309533. I even managed a mini-pilgrimage to one of the sites last year, and the custodian was also a fan! Had a pic of the reconstructed beast on her cell-phone (her actual job was showing tourists the stalactites and stuff, and stopping them breaking them, or falling into pits; nobody cares or has even heard about the wonderful goat).

A mammal that under extreme environmental pressure had reverted to a basically early-reptilian physiology. Probably "cold-blooded", lazy-as-heck, un-athletic and only focussed on its dinner in front of its face. I think it would make a good avatar for me. She said it didn't actually live in the caves, scraping algae off the walls, but simply fell in occasionally in its predictably helpless fashion. Which was a bit of a disappointment, I'd hoped for a subterranean breed of these fantastic, ultimately-doomed survivors-against-the-odds.
The fearsome Giant Rabbit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuralagus)on the other island is also a great inspiration to me.

Those, or trilobites. I love their eyes.

04-29-2015, 08:17 PM
Megaladon, you could go fly fishig for them with a helicopter.

04-30-2015, 12:00 AM
I will like to let loose the Saber Tooth Tiger after all you people.

05-02-2015, 12:24 PM

EUkypterids they are about 10 feet in length



Prionosuchs 30 feet

10-03-2015, 11:25 AM

Terror Bird


10-03-2015, 08:12 PM
How about none?

They came, they went. They had their time.

There are COUNTLESS species going extinct or on the verge of extinction right now and yet the average human being would rather scratch his or her ass and do nothing.

10-03-2015, 08:39 PM
Bring 'em back


10-11-2015, 03:29 AM

01-06-2016, 11:19 AM
Gigantopithecus blacki:


01-08-2016, 04:59 AM
European jaguar, American lion, American camelids, Caspian tiger, Mexican bear, North African elephant, Javan tiger, Eurasian lion, European hyena, Syrian elephant, Arabian ostrich, woolly mammoth, short-faced bear, dodo bird, mastodon, Pyrenean ibex, Irish deer, European leopard, European hippo species, Saudi gazelle, Asiatic ostrich, Caucasian moose, Caucasian wisent, aurochs, tarpan, American cheetah, smilodon, dire wolf, cave bear, thylacine, and many others. Although because of development and environmental reasons, a lot of the European extinct animals, it wouldn't be feasible to have most of the European species back. Most of Europe is urban now, there's very little jungle there. My suggestions can work in Asia and Africa though. A lot of rewilding of current species can happen in Asia and Africa as well. A few animals can even be rewildered in Europe too.

There's a project to bring back the woolly mammoth undergoing right now btw. We even found their flesh in Siberia recently and with the advancement of technology it just might be possible. The auroch was successfully brought back from extinction but its not genetically pure yet and after a few years of cross breeding, it might be. The Pyrenean ibex was brought back but then it died immediately and people are working on bringing it back again. There are also people working on bringing back the thylacine.

01-08-2016, 08:30 AM
Giant Irish elk
Temporal range: Middle Pleistocene to Early Holocene, 0.781–0.008 Ma

Überseemuseum Bremen 2009 250.JPG
Mounted skeleton in Bremen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Genus: †Megaloceros
Species: †M. giganteus
Binomial name
†Megaloceros giganteus
(Blumenbach, 1799)
†Megaceros giganteus
†Megaloceros giganteus giganteus

The Irish elk (Megaloceros giganteus)[1][2] 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 range extended across Eurasia, from Ireland to northern Asia and Africa. A related form is recorded from China during the Late Pleistocene.[3] The most recent remains of the species have been carbon dated to about 7,700 years ago in Siberia.[4] Although most skeletons have been found in bogs in Ireland, the animal was not exclusive to Ireland and was not closely related to either of the living species currently called elk - Alces alces (the European elk, known in North America as the moose) or Cervus canadensis (the North American elk or wapiti). Early phylogenetic analyses supported the idea of a sister-group relationship between fallow deer (Dama dama) and the Irish Elk.[5][6] However, newer morphological studies prove that the Irish elk is more closely related to its modern regional counterparts of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus).[7] For this reason, the name "Giant Deer" is used in some publications.



03-08-2016, 12:36 PM
welcome to Jurassic Park!

I have mixed feelings on this one...Cave lions from a 12K old sample

Scientists Attempt To Clone Extinct Ice Age Lion Cubs With Frozen DNA