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5 extinct animals I want back from the dead

Ladies and gentlemen, I have done a post which ISN’T Doctor Who! So, let’s dive into the realm of prehistory! For the purposes of this post, I will not have dinosaurs, as who doesn’t want dinosaurs back (provided the fences actually work). I will instead focus on animals before and after the dinosaurs which I want brought back.


Megatherum DB
A giant, meat eating sloth the size of an elephant which once lived in South America. That sentence alone shows why this awesome animal deserves to come back from the dead. There are still huge chunks of South America uninhabited by humans and plenty of food to eat. If you’ve seen Walking with Beasts, then you know how cool the Megatherium is. Its name literally means “great beast”.

Terror birds

Paraphysornis BW-2r

It doesn’t matter what kind, but these creatures need to come back. Giant carnivorous birds, complete with huge, hooked beaks, giant feet and just looking awesome. There are two birds which are pretty close to the terror bird. One is the secretary bird in Africa, and the other is the shoebill, also in Africa. Just imagine a bird like that, except 3 metres tall!


Gorgonops whaitsii1

This is hard to describe. A pre-dinosaur predator which is half mammal, half reptile, over 3 metres long and which has sabre-fangs. Who would like to see that? ME! Sure it may be dangerous, but a nice desert could contain them and ensure that the world still has awesome predators. This is the only pre-Mesozoic creature on the list, but it sure is a great one!


Thylacine stamp

This is a bit of an odd one, as many people both in Tasmania and mainland Australia have claimed to have seen this apparently extinct creature alive and well. But assuming it is extinct, I still want it to be brought back (forget the how to do it part). What would be cool about this is that there’d be a proper marsupial predator, as well as an incredibly cool creature. Seeing how it went extinct in 1936 (the last thylacine was kept in a zoo), it is possible that a) it still could be a living species and b) if not, a chance of cloning.


Titanoboa by Ryan Somma. Image via <a href="">Flickr</a>.

Titanoboa by Ryan Somma. Image via Flickr.

A 12 metre snake. I’ll repeat that. A 12 METRE SNAKE! Admittedly this one is entirely personal, but there’s something about snakes I love. A giant snake. That’s all I need to say.

So, those are 5 prehistoric creatures I want back from the dead. What are yours?


About Ben Williams

I am a 17 year old pop culture addict from the south of England. I write about Doctor Who, superheroes, fantasy, films and occasionally dive into the random world of British culture.

2 responses »

  1. I like the snake the best. Snakes are cool, and I think a 12 metre snake would be well worth seeing.

  2. I like the idea of bringing back the Tasmanian tiger, but I would really like to see herds of mammoths wandering about and I also have a soft spot for the wooly rhinoceros.


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