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Here are the extinct animals that little one knows:
No.1. Koala lemur - Megaladapis edwarsi
Although they were not named until 1894, Kaola lemurs existed from the late Pliocene to Holocene. Scientists believe they can be closely related to modern lemurs.
People came to Madagascar 2000 years ago. Since then, 17 lemur species have become extinct due to their size. The Megaladapis edwarsi lemur has the skull of a Gorrila Edwarsi.
Their body is large and 1.5 meters (5ft) long, and weighs about 75kg (165lb), probably more. They are too big to dance, and limit their ability to hunt on the ground. According to an assumption, Megaladapis edwarsi can walk on four legs like an orangutan.
No.2. Australia’s snake - Wonambi naracoortensis
Wonambi naracoortensis lived in the Pliocene Ice Age period in Australia. This giant python was 4.5 meters long but lacked the typical flexibility of today's solid jaws. Snakes have flexible jaws to swallow larger prey, while lizards do not. With the intermediate feature between snake and lizard, Wonambi python could not adapt and was extinct 40,000 years ago.
No.3. Rucervus Schomburgki deer
According to rumors, Rucervus Schomburgki was said to symbolize the power of magic and healing. They were hunted by quack traffickers. In the flood season, deer herds were often concentrated on high land. This was the moment when they were particularly easy to kill.
The last Rucervus schomburgki was killed in 1932. But strangely, in 1991, agronomist Laurent Chazee photographed a pair of deer antlers at a traditional medicine store in Laos. The antlers were later identified as the rhinoceros of the Rucervus schomburgki deer.
No.4. Laughing owl - Sceloglaux Albifacies
New Zealand-originated laughing owl became rare in the mid-1800s. The singing of this owl sounded like the giggle of a madman, sometimes even a dog barking.
Once upon a time, they were kept as pets by inmates in prison, but were banned from laying eggs because of overcrowding. This owl was eventually extirpated by indigenous people feeding many predators that altered their habitat.
No.5. Bluebuck - Hippotragus Leucophaeus
Bluebuck or Blue Antelope was native to South Africa with beautiful blue fur, eating phloem for food. They were one of the living animals with social organization, well adapted and fast moving.
The number of these antelopes had been declining remarkably from 2000 years ago to the end of the 18th century. Climate change, hunting, disease and the introduction of alien species were the causes that the Blue Antelope fell into the brink of extinction.
No.6. Coelodonta Antiquitatis
The large rhinoceros fossils, 3.6 million years old, were found in Asia, Europe, Tibet, and North Africa. Their horns were initially mistaken for the giant claws of ancient birds.
This rhinoceros used to be the enemy of the territory with the mammoth. But since the prehistoric human beings appeared, they were hunted down and became the subject for works on cave walls.
The scientists believed that the last rhinoceros Coelodonta Antiquitatis existed at the end of the Ice Age about 11,000 years ago.
By: Mithrine Smith