10 Giant Extinct Species Of Today’s Animals
In today’s world there are many scary animals. However, the extinct versions of these animals are even scarier. Here is the list of 10 Giant Extinct species of today’s animals.
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Titanoboa was the largest extinct species of snake to live on earth. This giant snake lived on this planet around 58 to 60 million years ago. The fossil of Titanoboa was found in the Colombia in 2009. The size of Green Anaconda which is the current largest snake species on earth has a length of 22 ft and weighs up to 200 kg (440 lbs). Whereas the length of Titanoboa was 12.8 m (42 ft) and it weighed 1135 kg (2502 lbs).
9. Short faced bear
The short faced bear was a large species of bear which was native to North America. It may have been the largest mammal carnivore to ever exist. This species of bear got extinct around 11600 years ago. The size of this bear is thought to be 11 to 12 (3.5 to 3.65) feet tall on its hind legs and on average the bear weighed around 900 kg (1984 lbs). The average weight of Grizzly bear is just 270 kg (595 lbs).
8. Sea Scorpion
Eurypterids also known as sea scorpion was a species of scorpion. Out of this species the largest was Jaekelopterus rhenaniae which reached the maximum size of 2.3 to 2.6 m (7.5 to 8.5 ft). There appearance suggests that they were adapted to aquatic lifestyle. This species went extinct during the Permian-Triassic extinction event around 251.9 million years ago.
Glyptodon was a large mammal which lived in South America. This species is related to modern Armadillos. The Glyptodon was 3.3 meters (11 ft) in length and weighed up to 2 tons (4409 lbs). It has been suggested that humans were responsible for its extinction. While, other studies have shown that it went extinct due to climate change.
6. Giant Dragonfly
Meganeura was a species of giant dragonflies. This species is related to the modern day dragonfly. The wingspan of Meganeura was 65 to 70 cm (2.1 to 2.3 feet) and was the largest known flying insect species. The species lived around 300 million years ago. The large size of Meganeura may have been due to higher oxygen levels during that period and lack of predator.
5. Giant Crocodile
Sarcosuchus was the largest species of crocodile to ever live. This giant crocodile lived on the earth around 112 million years ago. The remains of this species were discovered in between 1946 to 1959 in Sahara. Sarcosuchus was twice as big as today’s modern crocodile. This Giant crocodile was 11 to 12 meters (36 to 39 ft) in length and might have weighed up to 8 tons (17637 lbs).
4. Giant Millipede
Arthropleura was a species of giant millipede which lived on earth around 299 to 315 million years ago. This species was native to North America and Scotland. Arthopleura may have been the largest species of invertebrate to live during that time. This giant millipede had a length of 0.3 to 2.3 meters (1 to 7.5 ft) and a width of 50 cm.
3. Largest Bird
Argentavis magnificens was a species of a very large bird. This bird is related to the modern day vultures. The bird was native to Argentina. The wingspan of this large bird may have been up to 5.09 to 6.5 (16 to 21.3 ft) meters and its weight would have been around 80 kg (176 lbs). It may be the largest bird to fly and most likely swallowed its prey as whole.
2. Giant Apes
Gigantopithecus Blacki was a species of ape which lived around nine million years ago. This giant ape was native to Southeast Asia. This extinct ape might have been around 3 meters (10 ft) tall and weighed as much as 540 to 600 kg (1190 to1322 lbs). Gigantopithecus was more likely to be closely related to Orangutan than Gorillas.
Megalodon was the largest shark species to ever exist. This species of shark lived around 23 to 2.6 million years ago. This shark reached a maximum length of 18 meters (59 ft) and had large teeth which were capable of crushing bones. Megalodon feed mostly on whales, seals and sea turtles. The Megalodon may have gone extinct due to ice age and scarcity of food.
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