There have been many extinct animals in the last 100 years. But scientists are considering the possibility of bringing some of these animals back through a process called “de-extinction.” In choosing extinct animals to bring back, scientists consider certain factors such as their ecological functions and the availability of tissues with quality DNA samples. Some of these animals have already been identified. If successful, this could be a huge win for not only extinct animals but animals that are endangered as well! These are 25 extinct animals that scientists want to bring back.
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More commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, the thylacine was a marsupial that inhabited Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania. Its population died out in the 1960s, for reasons that are still unknown.
The baiji used to dwell in one of the most famous and oldest rivers in China, the Yangtze River. This freshwater dolphin was nicknamed Goddess of the Yangtze but became extinct due to the industrialization of China. A group of scientists conducted an expedition in 2006 to find this dolphin but their efforts turned up nothing.
The smilodon is an extinct subspecies of machairodont felid. More commonly known as the saber-toothed cat, it used to live in North America during the Pleistocene period, but its entire population died out 10,000 years ago by the end of the last Ice Age.
An extinct subspecies of the plains zebra, the quagga lived in South Africa but its population started to decline in 1870 and by 1883 was considered extinct.
The Pyrenean ibex used to inhabit Southern France and the northern part of Pyrenees. More commonly known as bucardo in Spain, this animal was common during the Pleistocene period but became extinct in January 2000.