We often hear that more and more animal species have been critically endangered and their extinction is just a matter of time. Ruthless human expansion, hunting, destroying natural habitats, climate changes and other factors have are contributing to a species loss rate 1,000 times greater than the natural background rate. Though sad, sometimes extinction can be beneficial for a particular race of species…ours! From 42-feet long mega snakes to Giraffe sized flying creatures, check out these 25 mind blowing extinct creatures you’ll be glad don’t exist.
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Thanks to its wingspan estimated to be up to 24 feet, Pelargonis Sandersi is apparently the largest flying bird yet discovered. It is probable that the bird was able to fly only by hopping off cliff edges and spent much of its time over the ocean, where it relied on wind currents rising up from the ocean to keep it aloft. Although considered the largest flying bird, compared to pterosaurs such as Quetzalcoatlus with wingspans of up to almost 40 feet, it was still pretty moderate.
Euphoberia (Giant Centipede)
Similar to the modern centipede in shape and behavior: the Euphoberia had a striking difference; it was over three feet long. Though scientists aren’t exactly sure of its diet, we do know that some modern centipedes can prey on birds, snakes, and bats. If a 10 inch ( 25 cm ) centipede can prey on birds, imagine what a 3 foot long (about 1 meter) centipede could do.
Living between 9 million to 100,000 years ago in today Asia, Gigantopithecus was the largest ape on Earth. Standing up to 10 feet tall and weighing up to 1,200 pounds, the creature is believed to walk on all fours like modern gorillas and chimpanzees; however, a minority opinion favors bipedal, human-like locomotion. The features of its teeth and jaws suggest that the animal was adapted to chewing tough, fibrous food by cutting, crushing, and grinding it.
Living during the Eocene epoch, some 45 to 36 million years ago, Andrewsarchus was a giant carnivorous mammal. Based on the founding of a skull and several bones, paleontologists suggest the predator might have weighed up to 4,000 pounds which would possibly make it the largest land-dwelling mammal predator ever. However, the behavioral patterns of this creature are not clear and some theories even indicate that Andrewsarchus could have been omnivorous or scavenger.
Meaning “breathing scorpion“, Pulmonoscorpius is a giant species of extinct scorpion that lived during the Viséan epoch (approximately 345 – 330 million years ago) of the Carboniferous period. Based on fossils found in Scotland, it is believed that this species grew up to almost 30 inches long. It was a terrestrial creature feeding probably on small arthropods and tetrapods.