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Updated on June 26, 2012
Terror Bird
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Saber Tooth
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The Story of 2 species and their struggle to establish their dominion over the land

It’s nature way of saying “nothing is forever” all the species which has made its presence felt on the face of this planet has or will find itself on the verge of extinction and eventually will find itself in the recorded history.

To give one such example let me take you to 3 million BC. A very unique yet ferociously dangerous species of bird is ruling the northern part of South America for almost 60 million years. It is around 3 meters tall, it can’t fly, but it preys on small animals with the help of their strong beak and ability to run fast. It was rightly called “the terror bird” There is no close analogue of terror bird among the modern day birds. In short they were undisputed king of South America and it’s hard to find how and why this unique yet ferocious species was wiped off from the face of this planet.

Lets flash forward to 1 million BC. The world is going through “ice age”. So the whole of North America is covered with a thick sheet of snow. That forced another unique and equally dangerous predator to make South America its home. This predator is 1 among 30 species of known cat species which existed during this time, and this predator is called “Saber tooth”. As they say no 2 kings can rule the same land during the same time. Thus, the terror bird has to lose his dominion of nearly 60 million years with the arrival of saber tooth. Now there is even more ferocious animal present in the northern part of South America. As a result terror bird is left with no food to feed itself. This new development forced terror bird into extinction. Now it was saber tooth who is ruling this land with even more audacity.

As they say “what goes around, comes around” same thing happened with saber tooth what it did to terror bird. But this time there is no new species who wants to take over its dominion but it’s Mother Nature who decided it’s time for saber tooth to go. Flash forward to 10,000 BC the climate of the world has changed drastically. The place where it used to be thick forest has now become vacant ground. Saber tooth which specialized in surprising its prey by attacking from bush has now had to run after its prey, and invariably it fail to get its prey it wanted. This situation forced saber tooth into extinction.

This is not an exception. There are many species like T- Rex, Besilosaurus, Argentinosaurus, etc which looked quite invincible and audacious during its dominion over the world now finds itself in the museums and history books. But among them there is one small creature which has seen them all and has survived till the present age is our housemate “cockroach”.

In my next article I will discuss, Has man did what saber tooth did? And if yes which species he has forced into extinction?


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      Imran Ahmed 5 years ago

      Hey gud one !!! nice attempt

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      harshit parekh 5 years ago

      As with species, the same thing can be said for technology.With every passing decade we have seen older technologies dying out and newer technologies coming in.Just as ferocity has decided the domination

      of species ;speed ,inter-connectivity ,ease of use are some factors that determines the life-span of a technology.

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      mariyam vadgamwala 5 years ago

      nice ... very infomative....

      keep it up....!

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      Gaurav Agarwal 5 years ago

      Very interesting to read!!!

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      Juzer faiyazi 5 years ago

      Excellent,, keep writing this way!! No words,,

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      A good hub and well done. Life is a gamble(with wise choices, life has certainly got a better chance), especially for earthly creatures who are subjected to stresses and opponents in their survival. Would human kind have ever been able to exist, had the big reptiles not become extinct, either by a huge asteroid or bacteria? Sudden volcanic disturbances such as the one at Yellowstone may have played a big part, also. Evolution is a real thing and still, in my belief, a part of the overall creation and a product of the Creator of all. We'll save this for another time.Thanks and keep writing great hubs.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      A good hub and well done. The extinction of the big reptiles and mammals, although they were tough and survivors of earthly challenges, were no match for extraterrestrial forces, just as we may well be subjected to as an ongoing struggle. Some climactic occurrences are unpreventable and part of the seeming gamble that all life faces each day. Would human kind have developed if the great reptiles had survived?

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      mandeep singh 5 years ago

      nice waiting for yor next article.

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      Gaurav Talwar 5 years ago

      very nicely written... n looking forward to your next article....seems very interesting!!!!

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      Shahid 5 years ago

      nicely written--good attempt !!

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      abhinav sinha 5 years ago

      it's always a pleasure to read articles on extinction. I like d way u penned ur first para and especially, the wisely chosen word, 'recorded history.'