Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Top 5 Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals

After our previous post about land animals, this time we want to share with you the category which probably most people think is the most likely to extinct in the past, because of the major climate change at that time, it is the most amazing extinct arctic animals, it surely will be a special treat, because arctic animals always amazes us, they even make a top arctic animals list every now and then, well that might be not without a reason, right? Even we cannot hide our excitement of gathering and selecting all the extinct arctic animals from the web, to form this most amazing extinct arctic animals of course. After we tried to find those extinct arctic animals, it turn out to be so hard, and that come as a surprise to us, because we originally thought there'll be ton of them on the web.

After pushing ourselves further more, we finally get our hands on the selection of most amazing extinct arctic animals, here's what we've discovered.


The Great Auk

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals The Great Auk
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Great Auk Illustration

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals The Great Auk
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals The Last Great Auk

The great auk was the first bird ever to hold the title of penguin. Its flightless, black and white body was distinctive among Canadian animals. Yet it was rounded up by the thousands off the north Atlantic and eastern Arctic islands for use as food and for its feathers. The slaughter continued for generations, and when the auk's impending demise became common knowledge, the reaction was immediate – men rushed to kill the remaining birds, aware of their value to collectors.


South Polar Dinosaurs

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals South Polar Dinosaurs
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Dinosaurs Fossil

Not much we could found about them, so i'll just quote from wikipedia, The South Polar dinosaurs proliferated during the Early Cretaceous (145–100 Ma) while the continent of Australia was still linked to Antarctica to form East Gondwana, a continent that had rifted from Africa and drifted southward. Much of this southern continent lay inside the Antarctic Circle, and the climate there was unlike any that exists today. This led to fauna and flora that were unique to the time. Much of what is known about the fauna of Polar Australia comes from fossil beds found in Dinosaur Cove and Flat Rocks on the Victorian coast of southeast Australia.
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals South Polar Dinosaurs
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Illustration of Cryolophosaurus

Cryolophosaurus as one of the bigger family of the arctic dinosaurs was a large theropod dinosaur, with a crest on its head that looked like a Spanish comb. Due to the resemblance of this feature to Elvis Presley's pompadour haircut from the 1950s, this dinosaur was at one point informally known as "Elvisaurus".


Procolophon (Arctic Lizard)

Procolophon was a kind of lizard-like procolophonid reptiles with at least eight species that persisted through the Permian–Triassic extinction event, but became extinct in the later Triassic.
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Procolophon
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Illustration of Procolophon
Procolophon reached a length up to 30 cm. The skull was solid but some species did evolve a temporal fenestra in the skull independently of other reptiles. There was one backward facing cheek spike, but its function is debated; it may have been for muscle attachment. Eyes were large and may have had acute day or night vision. The teeth were peg-like and suitable for crushing of plant matter. The front of the skull was short and blunt with the nasal opening very close to the mouth.

The Eskimo Curlew

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Eskimo Curlew
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals The Eskimo Curlew

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Eskimo Curlew
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals The Eskimo Curlew

The Eskimo curlew, a plump, friendly bird, once migrated in flocks of thousands from South America to the Arctic every year. Unlike the auk, curlews were not killed in their arctic breeding grounds. Instead, they were shot down en route, while stopping to rest and feed on the prairies and along the coastlines of North America. In a span of less than a century, one of the most common birds on the continent was reduced to scarcity. Today, the Eskimo curlew is likely extinct – the last individual was seen in Argentina more than a decade ago.


Ankyramorpha

Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Ankyramorpha
Most Amazing Extinct Arctic Animals Illustration of Ankyramorpha

Ankyramorpha is an extinct clade of procolophonomorph parareptiles from the early Cisuralian epoch to the latest Triassic period of Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. It was named by the paleontologists Michael deBraga and Robert R. Reisz in 1996 as a node-based taxon. They defined it as "the most recent common ancestor of Procolophonia and Lanthanosuchoidea and all its descendants".

After searching so hard for more, very unfortunately that is all we could share right now, you could share with us if you happen to know some amazing extinct arctic animals out there way beyond our past. Just let us know by leaving a comment below. Thanks.

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