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11 Extinct Animals That Have Been Photographed Alive


The Bubal Hartebeest was a magnificent, tough beast which was once domesticated by the ancient Egyptians as a food source and for sacrificial purposes. The creature was even mentioned in the Old Testament.

Although it once roamed throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, the deep-rooted mythology which surrounded the animal was not enough to save it from European hunters who began hunting them for recreation and meat. The last Bubal Hartebeest was probably a female which died in the Paris Zoo in 1923.

Animals are going extinct at a much higher rate now than through most of the earth's history. Many species have disappeared since the development of photography. Take a good look, because this is all you'll see of these eleven species as they were. Link -via Digg

Previously at Neatorama: Video of a Thylacine and an attempt to resurrect the Quagga.

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the bees may have an impact on us as a species. I've always been against the decision to remove homo sapiens from natural selection, officially. We could be removed as easily as a fruit fly. Neat, I know. But true. We could be taken out by other life forms, such as AIDS, cancer, superflu, or bird flu +5

Not to mention what happened to Dino. Yucatan crater, anyone? If an asteroid hit that was comparable (think the size of Texas), the entire planet would plunge into darkness, and there'd be no more funk. That would suck.
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That’s why I said “most”. There have been bigger extinctions, but on a timeline of the earth’s history they take up a small space.

Ok, I'll bite -- why are extinctions somehow more prevalent now? Is there some scientific study you can point to? Considering how little we know now about what species inhabit the planet, any measurement of the number going extinct is nonsense. And the idea that we have any feel at all for the rate at which this occurred over the entire history of the earth is also complete drivel, moreso in fact.

Now I realize it's there's a human tendency to think the era in which we live is singularly special. Add to that the guilt and arrogance of thinking every bad thing that happens is somehow our fault and you end up with silly statements like yours. I'm sure a great many folks would nod their dopey little heads in agreement. But species have been evolving and dying off for billions of years. Humans, like every other living thing, have an effect on the survivability of other species on the planet, both positively and negatively. And the number of species we have a direct impact toward is tiny compared to the diverse fauna of earth (again, a number we still have no idea how to measure).
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I grew up in hong kong on an island that required daily ferry-rides to the mainland. I've personally seen the baiji-dolphin (aka the pink river dolphin)a few times. Fantastic sight. Shame about what was inevitably going to happen. Many people blame their extinction on the building of the new int'l airport.
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"The last Bubal Hartebeest was probably a female which died in the Paris Zoo in 1923."

So, they weren't sure if it was a female?
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