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Extinct Creatures/Plants Quiz (OQ)

Unread postby Emily86 » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:20 am

Not sure how this will pan out, but I'll give it ago anyway.
A quiz on any creature or plant that is extinct.

I am an extinct creature from the family of Bovidae, I used to wander the southwestern coastal regions of the old Cape Province. I weighed around 160kg and became extinct around 1800.
What was I?
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Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:40 am

Funny, I didn't know extinct creatures could speak! :lol:

Would you be speaking about the Blue Antelope? It was already on the decline when settlers arrived in South Africa, and was quickly wiped out by farming and hunting. Its closest living relatives are the roan and the sable (hope they're not threatened!

(If I'm correct with my answer, can someone else post here because I'll be away for a week :( )
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Unread postby Emily86 » Wed Jan 21, 2009 12:33 am

:lol: :lol:

Yep you are right OWN, it wass the bluebok or bluebuck.

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Unread postby oddesy » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:22 am

This animal was once found abundantly in an area in south africa. Its name is onomatopoeic and said to resemble the call of the animal. The last of the species died in captivity.
1.What is the animal?
2.When and where did the last of the species die?
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Unread postby bishop3006 » Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:30 pm

I'll only try because it is an open quiz, as I've got no idea what to ask if I'm correct.

Wil it be the quagga? (sp?)
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Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Jan 28, 2009 4:27 am

It should be the Quagga, as its name comes from the khoikhoi word for zebra, and is supposed to have resembled its call. The last quagga died in 1883 at a zoo in Amsterdam.
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Unread postby oddesy » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:23 pm

Bishop and OWN!! :clap: :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:22 am

This was a fish that was thought to be extinct for millions of years, but was rediscovered in 1938 off the coast of southern South Africa. Since then, there have been 11 more sightings of this elusive fish, which has very sensitive eyes, and needs both very dim light and cool water to survive. It is known as a living fossil, and the 1938 specimen is still housed in the East London (South Africa) museum. Which fish is this?
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Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:32 am

Its called the selokanth ... selokant ... Coelacanth ... selokant ... selo...

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Anyway ... I think we have now covered the three "glamour" species ...
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jan 30, 2009 1:44 am

Some of those alternative names sound almost rude. :)

I'll accept the "coelacanth" version, unless there is also a zulu or san option.

Well done, Imberbe! :clap:
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Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Jan 30, 2009 4:21 am

This predator was built like a modern jaguar. It had thick forelegs, with the lower half of these the size of a lion's legs. It had large neck muscles designed to effect a devastating bite; however, strangely, the teeth were quite brittle and would have broken off while holding onto a struggling victim. It died out in southern Africa around half a million years. Which carnivore was this?
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Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:18 am

Too difficult? I'll give it another day or so.
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Unread postby bishop3006 » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:55 am

This was the sabre-tooth tiger, was it? :hmz:

But I don't seem to remember that its teeth were just useless decorations - on the contrary...
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Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:39 am

Yes, Sabre-Toothed Tiger is correct (and was found in Southern Africa too). Well done bishop3006! :clap: :clap:

BTW, studies have been done suggesting that, because the canines of this animal were so long, it had neither the bite force nor the penetrating power of modern cats. Scientists think, therefore, that, despite this cat's impressive-looking teeth, it was used mainly for slashing at the throats of their victims. It is thought that, if they had buried the teeth in the side of an animal, it would have snapped off!

(Someone else to pose the next question please because I'm going "AWOL" for a few days again.)
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Re: Extinct Creatures/Plants Quiz (OQ)

Unread postby Emily86 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 2:41 am

Tetradactylus eastwoodae (creature)
English name please :D
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