Animals that recently passed the earth without a generation of their own…

As the story goes, God first created animals and then humans. If this is to be believed, then animals were the first living things that graced our earth before we did. So imagine how many species must have been there! The entire earth must have been one huge forest. I always have the belief that the animals were the kings of the earth millions and millions of years ago when the earth started. But with the increase in human civilization, the animal species started reducing. There are a lot of animals that have become extinct (end of a particular species). We cannot say that animals have become extinct just because of civilization; it is also because of the change in climate, pollution, etc. but whatever the reasons are, the root cause directly or in-directly seems to be the humans. Though we know a lot of extinct species like dinosaurs, dodos, thylacine, Stellar’s sea cow, saber tooth tigers, etc. we are not aware about the animals that became extinct quite recently.

 

The Baiji river dolphins are one of the recent extinct species. They declined quite fast unlike many other extinct species. The drop in their population started when China started using the rivers for industrialization like fishing and transportation. As china developed, the dolphins started to decrease. As the animal is blind and moved around with the sound frequency it hears, it often hit propellers which caused its death. A number of few hundreds were only left in 1970’s. In spite of trying to conserve the dolphins, they were declared extinct in 2006 as a search expedition proved to be futile. The tecopa fish is another species that became extinct recently. Their native is the Tecopa hot springs that is situated in California, United States. The population of the species started to decrease when the springs around the area were made in to canals to support the commercialism of the area. The Tecopa fish were the first species to be enlisted in the Endangered Species Act in the year 1973 in…

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