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Recent Extinctions (1700 - 2015)

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Extinct Galapagos Giant Tortoises Could Be Brought Back To Life. When Lonesome George died in 2012, it was thought that so did the last Pinta Island giant tortoise.

Extinct Galapagos Giant Tortoises Could Be Brought Back To Life

Discovered roaming the rocky island in the Galapagos archipelago on his own in 1972, it was believed that he was the last of his subspecies. Despite a global search to find him a mate, it proved fruitless over the 80 years of his life. The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour. About 6 waves of massive extinction are known in the history of the Earth.

The Rate of Extinction: 3 Species per Hour

The last one wiped out the dinosaur world 65 million years ago and was probably due to a meteorite collision. But the recent one has no natural causes. It is man made and rampant, eliminating three animal or plant species every hour. Scientists and environmentalists issued reports about threats to creatures and plants including right whales, Iberian lynxes, wild potatoes and even wild peanuts. Experts gathered on May 22, at the International Day for Biological Diversity, a report on the threatened species from whales and Iberian lynxes to wild potatoes and wild peanuts. The threats to the wildlife diversity vary from habitat loss due to land clearance for farms or cities, poaching, pollution and rising human populations to global warming. Determination at all levels - global, national and local," he said. UE's goal is to stop biodiversity loss by 2010, not just to slow down the process.

The Sumatran rhino declared extinct in Malaysia. Leading scientists and experts in the field of rhino conservation state in a new paper that it is safe to consider the Sumatran rhinoceros extinct in the wild in Malaysia.

The Sumatran rhino declared extinct in Malaysia

120 animals that have disappeared in the last 100 years. Si no los alcanzaste a conocer, esta es la única forma que se nos ocurre para que sepas que existieron.

120 animals that have disappeared in the last 100 years

Es difícil calcular el número de animales extintos y la cifra real siempre es más alta que el número estimado. En algunos casos se puede presumir que una especie ha dejado de existir al no ser vista durante años, sin embargo se debe esperar a que se declare oficialmente este estatus por la Unión Internacional para la Conservación de la Naturaleza. Lo más complejo de este tema, es que la extinción no es un problema histórico, sino que un tema contemporáneo. La lista original contaba con cerca de 120 animales que se han extinto sólo en el último siglo (no incluidos los insectos porque son muy difíciles de catalogar). Nosotros decidimos hacer una selección de los 40 que consideramos más importantes, únicos o extraños para mostrarles. 2013 Leopardo nublado de Formosa, Neofelis nebulosa brachyura 2012 Tortuga gigante de Pinta, Chelonoidis abingdoni. A moment of silence for the Western Black Rhino.

Officially extinct Another beautiful species that we won't see again.

A moment of silence for the Western Black Rhino

The western black rhino, which is a sub-species of black rhino, was was once widespread in the savanna of sub-Saharan Africa, but no more. The last individual was spotted in 2006, and after years without any new sightings, it was officially declared extinct by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), who maintains the famous Red List of Threatened Species. Rare Photographs of Extinct Animals.

Last Thylacine yawning: Note the unusual extent to which it was able to open its jaws From panthers and pandas to rhinos and tigers, dwindling animal numbers speak of the need to step up conservation efforts – if it’s not already too late.

Rare Photographs of Extinct Animals

As a kind of wake-up call, we decided to take a look at seven extinct species captured on camera. Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning. It has also increased the possibility that it will one day be possible to reproduce long-dead species such as woolly mammoths and even dinosaurs.

Extinct ibex is resurrected by cloning

Dr Jose Folch, from the Centre of Food Technology and Research of Aragon, in Zaragoza, northern Spain, led the research along with colleagues from the National Research Institute of Agriculture and Food in Madrid. Last Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacine, 1933. Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity. 10 February 2015Last updated at 07:58 ET By Helen Briggs Environment Correspondent The endangered northern quoll, a mammal species native to Australia Australia has lost one in ten of its native mammals species over the last 200 years in what conservationists describe as an "extinction calamity".

Australian mammals on brink of extinction calamity

No other nation has had such a high rate of loss of land mammals over this time period, according to scientists at Charles Darwin University, Australia. The decline is mainly due to predation by the feral cat and the red fox, which were introduced from Europe, they say. Large scale fires to manage land are also having an impact. As an affluent nation with a small population, Australia's wildlife should be relatively secure from threats such as habitat loss. Clouded leopard declared extinct in Taiwan. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)

Clouded leopard declared extinct in Taiwan

Extinct frog hops back into the gene pool. The Extinct Great Auk. Tasmanian tiger DNA 'lives' again. Seventy years after the ferocious Tasmanian tiger went extinct, its marsupial DNA has been resurrected inside mice.

Tasmanian tiger DNA 'lives' again

This is the first time that genetic material from an extinct animal has functioned inside a living host. The technique has huge potential, say the researchers. For instance, it might help to reveal how dinosaurs or Neanderthals looked. 11 Extinct Animals That Have Been Photographed Alive.