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Sunday Challenge #17 – Extinct Animals

Team StoryWeavers|August 01, 2022, 12:13 IST| 784

Welcome back to BYJU’S Sunday Challenge! In this edition, we travel way back in time to learn some fascinating facts about fauna that doesn’t exist in our time anymore. The topic for this week is ‘Extinct Animals’.


You can take a shot at the questions and field your guesses in the comments section below. Answers will be revealed on subsequent Sundays in the comment section. 

Ready? Here are your questions:

Question 1

This extinct flightless bird appears in Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (see picture below). The name of this bird is synonymous with something that has gone obsolete or redundant as indicated by the phrase “as dead as a ____”. Identify this extinct creature.

Question 2

Pictured below is Lonesome George, who lived from 1910 to June 24, 2012. In his last years, he was known as the rarest creature in the world. What unique distinction did George hold?

Question 3

Which among these is the only species that is NOT extinct in the wild?

The Javan Tiger, The Caspian Tiger, The Malayan Tiger, The Bali Tiger.

Question 4

Below is an artist’s reconstruction of a dinosaur whose fossils were found in Gujarat. It was identified in 2003 as the first species unique to India.  What is the name given to this dinosaur, which sounds like a desi version of another kingly dinosaur species that often features in pop culture and media?

Question 5

The animal pictured below is an extinct sub-species of the plains zebra and perhaps its closest known relative. The specimen below is the only one to have been photographed alive. Little is known about its behaviour and they were believed to have lived in herds of about 30-50. They have been identified in cave art attributed to the indigenous San people of Southern Africa. What is its name?


Leave your guesses in the comments section below. And remember, answers will be revealed next Sunday in the comments section too, along with a brand new edition of BYJU’S Sunday Challenge.

For answers to Sunday Challenge #16 – Click here.

To view other editions of the Sunday Challenge, click here.

About the Author

Suraj is a self-proclaimed audiophile and a jack-of-all-trades writer with a diverse set of interests. An amateur quizzer on the side, he claims that the first object he fell in love with was a book on flags at age 3. His favourite punctuation mark is the Oxford Comma, which coincidentally happens to be one of his favourite songs too!

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