Elephant bird and the Dodo sound familiar? Possibly as animation heroes, but before their career as movie stars, these creatures were prehistoric animals. The Foundation of the Hellenic World hosts an exhibition, presenting 60 prehistoric species which roamed the earth some 10,000 years ago. The exhibition is the Greek edition of the British "Extinction: Not the End of the World?" hosted at the Natural History Museum in London. It is an opportunity to familiarise ourselves with the idea of evolution and extinction, "which is not necessarily a bad thing," as noted by the exhibition’s curators.
Some of the species presented reappeared somewhere along the way only to perish again, one is our close relative the Neanderthal, some became extinct very recently like the Baiji dolphin (2006), others suffered because of unintentional human intervention (like the Dodo attacks by rats brought in by seamen), while some others continue to offer us a delicious meal, like the red tuna!