Back to OLogistsMeet the OLogist
 
 
PreviousNext
Is extinction really forever?
A painting of a mammoth.
Once it's gone it's gone. This depiction of an extinct animal, a mammoth, is by Charles Knight.
 

Once a species becomes extinct, it's gone. Even if some kind of animal returned again after being extinct for millions of years, scientists would consider it a different species and would give it a different name - even if it looked identical.