What extinct creature would you like to bring back?

Oct 2010
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Dreamhunter

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Jun 2012
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Malaysia
Somewhat based on naomasa's post, I was thinking about animals that might be cool to see again. IF we were able to bring them back, what animal would you want to see? You can only choose ONE :cool:

My pick would definitely be the Aurochs, the giant bovine species that could reach upwards of 7ft at the shoulder. This Indian breed called the Gaur is speculated to be the closest related Breed and look at it...

LOL. That is not a gaur, but just a cow.:D

Okay, a bull. A big one.

Now, this is a gaur. It is also found in SEA. It is called seladang in Malaysia, and banteng in Indonesia.







It is a handsome beast. Its strikingly unique defining features are horns that start white coming out of the head, then gradually darken to black at the tips, a black body all around, a fair to brown forehead, and two pairs of white coloured lower legs which abruptly switch to black at around the knee. You don't get these rare but consistent uniformity in any other cow or buffalo species, whether wild or domesticated.

The gaur is among the largest of living land animals. Only the elephant, the rhinocerous, the hippopotamus, and the giraffe consistently grow heavier. By most standards of measurements, the gaur is the largest wild bovid alive today.

The gaur has a head-and-body length of 250 to 330 cm (8 ft 2 in to 10 ft 10 in) with a 70 to 105 cm (28 to 41 in) long tail.

At the top of its muscular hump just behind its shoulder, an average adult male is just under 200 cm (6 ft 7 in) tall, while the biggest cud reach 220 cm (7 ft 3 in). The male's girth at its midsection (behind its shoulders) averages about 277 cm (9 ft 1 in). Body weight can range from 588 kg for the smallest to 1,500 kg (1,296 to 3,307 lb), in adult males.
 
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Nov 2015
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Bye, bye
Chinese dolphin, disappeared in 2006

Also known as Baiji, the Chinese dolphin officially disappeared in 2006.:eek:

It was a freshwater dolphin, a unique species whose extinction is largely attributable to humans: Baiji lived in only one river in China, the Yangzi Jiang.
 

Dreamhunter

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Jun 2012
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Malaysia
I would like to ask: why is there a persistent interest in Neanderthals?
I heard that we still carry some Neanderthal genes.
Just simple curiosity about some human or proto-human type from whom we're believed by many to hv partial descent. In short, a mysterious part-ancestor of ours.
 

VHS

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Dec 2015
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Chinese dolphin, disappeared in 2006

Also known as Baiji, the Chinese dolphin officially disappeared in 2006.:eek:

It was a freshwater dolphin, a unique species whose extinction is largely attributable to humans: Baiji lived in only one river in China, the Yangzi Jiang.
We solely miss them; can they be introduced to more pristine water? The Yangtze River is not a safe home anymore.