The animals represented below are only a small selection of the species that have gone extinct since 1600. But they give a sense of the enormity of what we've lost—and what, with the dawn of species-revival science, we may stand to regain.




  Source: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. Downloaded on 21 January 2013.

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