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extinct

(of an animal or plant species) having died out, no longer present in the world population.
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And as so many species, both living and extinct, of these same genera inhabit and have inhabited the Old World, it seems most probable that the North American elephants, mastodons, horse, and hollow- horned ruminants migrated, on land since submerged near Behring's Straits, from Siberia into North America, and thence, on land since submerged in the West Indies, into South America, where for a time they mingled with the forms characteristic of that southern continent, and have since become extinct.
This plain, would then be nothing but an immense cemetery, on which would repose the mortal remains of thousands of extinct generations.
He paused for a moment, and then, raising his voice, repeated slowly the words: "Which were extinct before the coming of man.
Whatever path the lecturer took amid the wilds of the past seemed invariably to lead him to some assertion as to extinct or prehistoric life which instantly brought the same bulls' bellow from the Professor.
But we may go further than this; for as new forms are continually and slowly being produced, unless we believe that the number of specific forms goes on perpetually and almost indefinitely increasing, numbers inevitably must become extinct.
From these several considerations I think it inevitably follows, that as new species in the course of time are formed through natural selection, others will become rarer and rarer, and finally extinct.
com/10000-year-old-woolly-mammoth-skeleton-sold-645000-france-2629485) admire their enormous skeletons thousands of years after they went extinct.
The idea of bringing extinct species back to life is known as "de-extinction," and it's now a legitimate scientific field.
A real-life "Jurassic Park" scenario doesn't exist yet, but projects to clone recently extinct animals, such as the gastric-brooding frog of Australia, are underway.
Having been extinct for over 80 years, not much is actually known about the Tasmanian tiger or Thylacine.
Taking a page out of the book of Noah, the Ramat Gan Safari is teaming up with a leading German institute to collect and preserve DNA from endangered species in the hope that they can be resurrected once they go extinct.
People from Melanesia, a South Pacific region encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20.