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8 Fascinating Extinct Animals (Slideshow)

 

8. Dodo

The Dodo bird earns the dubious distinction of being one of the most famous extinct animals of all. The extinction of the flightless bird opened the eyes of humans to the role we have in the demise of a species, or “[going] the way of the Dodo.” Native to the tiny island of Mauritius, which was uninhabited before the 1500s, the Dodo bird was unaccustomed to, and thus unafraid of, humans. This made them easy prey, and led to their extinction in just about century.

 

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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9:35AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Shared, thanks.

2:27AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

sad

1:37AM PST on Jan 14, 2013

there have been supposed sightings of the tasmanian tiger and i've seen the fossils of the irish elk built up like as if it was alive [bone structure through fossilized bone that is], antlers and all. massive doesn't cover it!

9:02PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

#6 would have been incredible (and a little frightening) to see in the wild

11:25AM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

we killed them all. humans, that is. pretty sad

2:31AM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

With the exception of the Yangtze River dolphin, there is one similarity in the extinction of these animals.......European expansion. It seems that we killed most of the animals,and while we are conservation minded now, we weren't when we needed to be, and now it's too late. We are doing the same things with elephants and other big game animals, we killed them in the millions and now want to blame the Chinese, when it was us who killed so many of them that it made their populations unsustainable.

2:47PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Thanks for this one.

8:59AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Insanely sad.

7:23AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

its very unfortunate that we have come to this stage. it should never have been the case. and humans continue to destroy the planet and nature on a daily basis, without so much as a thought. its a great pity the earth will not last as long.

7:07AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Sooner Or Later Humans Will Go The Way Of The DODO.

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