Some cool extinct animals images:
Amur Leopard: The Whole Kitten Kaboodle
Image by Durotriges
Time to see the whole animal! This will be the last shot from Marwell Zoo. I hope you've enjoyed the animals and the information. Just remember that many of the animals in this set are on a knife edge and could very easily become extinct within this generation..
There will be a few shots from Chester Zoo coming shortly...
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Galapagos tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra sp.) on Floreana, Galapagos Islands
Image by Dallas Krentzel
The male in the back was previously mounting the female and was trying to re-obtain his position, it seemed. He was a little frustrated, to say the least. He was eventually successful, but the female seemed keen on getting away.
The tortoises of the island of Floreana went extinct after human invasion (Floreana is probably the most ecologically devastated of the islands in the archipelago, which was sad to see in a lot of ways), but recently a population of tortoises has been reintroduced from other islands (hence the species/subspecies status is uncertain in these photos, as with those I took on Isabela, also re-introduced individuals).
Homalonotus - trilobite - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - 2012-05-17
Image by dctim1
A fossil Homalonotus on display in the Sant Hall of Oceans in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
Homolonotus is a species of trilobite. Trilobites are arthropods, a kind of animal that includes shrimp, lobsters, scorpions, crabs, and crayfish. Trilobites first appeared about 542 million years ago (the early Cambrian period), but most of them died out around 360 million years ago. One or two species survived until 250 million years ago.
Trilobites were wildly successful animals. More than 17,000 species are known today.
Homolonotus appeared about 444 million years ago, and died out about 416 million million years ago. This specimen was discovered by Bruce Collette and two assistants in Madagascar in 1987. We know next to nothing about how it lived.
The Sant Hall of Oceans is the largest exhibit space in the museum, with 674 specimens and models in a 23,000-square-foot (2,136 sq. m) exhibition space. The hall features a replica of a 45-foot (13.7 m) long North Atlantic right whale and two preserved giant squid (one an adult, one a juvenile).
The hall is named for Victoria and Roger Sant of Washington, D.C., who donated million to create and endow the hall. It opened in 2008. The exhibits, displays, videos, and signage in the hall was created in partnership with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to show the ocean as a global system.