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Smilodon and Dodo Birds are some of the most famous examples.



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Some others I like:

Neanderthals. The closest thing to us modern humans, with whom we briefly co-habitated Europe. Though we may never know for sure, it is intriguing to consider just how intelligent they were, what kind of culture they had compared to us, how we interacted with them. Recent evidence suggests we may have interbred, with non-African modern humans possibly containing 2% Neanderthal DNA in our genome.

 

Megalodon. A shark the size of a bus. Truly a terrifying prospect; as epic as they sound, I reckon I'd be petrified of going more than waist-deep into the ocean if these buggers still lived. The leading theories as to the cause of their extinction are the cooling of the oceans and the decline of the large cetaceans they depended on for food.

 

OTBWY said:

There are multiple theories on why they died out. Most say it was them being replaced by sabretoothed cats, but there are also other theories that say they were already dying out before the cats came. Wolves coming to America from Alaska land bridge could also have caused their numbers to dwindle. Some of their prey could have also died out or become to fast for them to prey upon. Multiple factors are always at play.

I do find it fascinating, the reasons why species become extinct, whether it be climate change, natural disasters, competition, loss of their food source, etc. Sadly, in recent times it's all too often the fault of us humans.

JRPGfan said:

The "real" ones the size of a turkey? or the jurassic park like ones that arnt velociraptors, but use that name because it sounds cooler?

They should've just called the ones in JP Deinonychus cos that's what they basically are sans the feathers, but yeah, I guess Velociraptor just sounded more badass.

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There are a few other ones that I forgot to add. But to give another good example of one of my favorite prehistoric animals ... meet Armadillosuchus 



Farsala said:
Smilodon and Dodo Birds are some of the most famous examples.

That sh*t would be scary to run into out in the wilde, some of them were 400kg+ / 880lb+.



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:

There are a few other ones that I forgot to add. But to give another good example of one of my favorite prehistoric animals ... meet Armadillosuchus 

Another cool example of how diverse Crocodilians were.



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OTBWY said:



Third: Elasmotherium. Look at that ridiculous giant horn. 



Extra: Paraceratherium. The largest land mammal that ever lived. This animal towered over elephants. It was actually part of the rhinoceros family.



There are so many cool extinct animals to talk about, like the megafauna of Australia (Andrewsarchus, Megalania). An interesting topic to talk about is why so much of the giant animals died out so fast.

The megafauna who lived until 10,000 years ago (like the mammof, sabre tooth tigre, cave bear, whoolly rhinocerous and so on), died because of humans hunt and eated them.



Slimebeast said:
OTBWY said:



Third: Elasmotherium. Look at that ridiculous giant horn. 



Extra: Paraceratherium. The largest land mammal that ever lived. This animal towered over elephants. It was actually part of the rhinoceros family.



There are so many cool extinct animals to talk about, like the megafauna of Australia (Andrewsarchus, Megalania). An interesting topic to talk about is why so much of the giant animals died out so fast.

The megafauna who lived until 10,000 years ago (like the mammof, sabre tooth tigre, cave bear, whoolly rhinocerous and so on), died because of humans hunt and eated them.

Not really the only reason. Climate change would have been the primary reason. But in cases like the sabretooth tigers, it is really still a mystery. Loss of habitat, loss of prey, disease. It could all have played a part.



Ambulocetus, the missing link between whales and their land-dwelling predecessors

 

Meganeura, a dragonfly the size of an eagle from before the time of the dinosaurs

 

Archaeopteryx, transitional animal between dinosaurs and birds



curl-6 said:

Meganeura, a dragonfly the size of an eagle from before the time of the dinosaurs

But... that's a giant bug? :O Bugs are icky and gross!



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curl-6 said:

 The leading theories as to the cause of their extinction are the cooling of the oceans and the decline of the large cetaceans they depended on for food.

Their prey went to shallow waters and orca's/great white were the only ones to reach them. The ice age decreased their prey sizes aswell in the end the only things they could find to eat was another Megalodon and basically killed their own species.