14 Extinct Animals Whose Present-Day Relatives Are Still Happily Walking on Our Planet



By training and being a naturalist at heart, Roman Uchytel’s drawings bring creatures that roamed our planet hundreds of thousands of years ago to life. His project, Prehistoric Fauna, is one of the first sources dedicated solely to the reconstruction of little-known prehistoric animals other than dinosaurs, becoming a guide to discovering the wonders of our past.

1. A giant Galapagos tortoise with the extinct Megalochelys atlas

14 Extinct Animals Whose Present-Day Relatives Are Still Happily Walking on Our Planet

When it comes to prehistoric animals, size matters. At over 2 meters long and weighing approximately 1000 kg to 3000 kg, The M. Atlas was the largest land tortoise in history and was commonly compared to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle car.

These species are considered to be herbivorous and make the giant Galapagos tortoise (the largest species today) look like a small toy.

2. A modern hyena next to the extinct Dinocrocuta

14 Extinct Animals Whose Present-Day Relatives Are Still Happily Walking on Our Planet

Dinocrocuta fossils can be found in Africa and Eurasia. At 2.1 m long, 120 cm high, and weighing up to 250 kg, it was the largest hyena variety ever found.