As humanity progresses, the rate that animals go extinct gets faster and faster. The effects of climate change, habitat destruction and even the extinction of other species have come together to create a positive feedback loop of extinction.
In this list we document the animals most recently erased by this process: Animal extinctions in the 21st Century. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is instead meant to highlight particularly interesting extinctions.
The Baiji was a species of river dolphin in China. It lived exclusively in the Yahtzee river, and is thought to be the first dolphin species to have been completely eradicated by humans.
The Pyrenean ibex was a type of Wild Goat from the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe. It was known for its distinctive curved horns.
The Western black rhinoceros was an extinct subspecies of black rhinoceros. It had distinctively longer legs and a square horn base in contrast to its cousins.
Like mammals, the rate of bird extinction has been increasing with the continued expansion of of humanity, following the industrial...
Humanity has experienced an unprecedented rate of growth in the past 100 years. The world population has multiplied by 4....