In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, we learn that humpback whales are extinct by the time of the Federation. My question is simple: are there any other species native to Earth that are extinct by that time?

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    Do dinosaurs count?
    – Valorum
    Aug 4, 2017 at 19:40
  • As evidenced by Valorum's question, I feel like this question needs to be focused quite a bit before it's a good question. At the moment, it feels pretty broad...
    – kuhl
    Aug 4, 2017 at 19:48
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    I think we can assume asker is looking for species currently extant yet not yet extinct. Aug 4, 2017 at 20:24
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    I think we can assume that Valorum's comment was tongue-in-cheek.
    – Mr Lister
    Aug 5, 2017 at 8:06
  • I've had another look around and I can't find anything additional to add to my existing answer. Is there anything you feel I should address?
    – Valorum
    Oct 1, 2017 at 15:39

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According to TNG: New Ground, several prominent Earth species went extinct in the 21st and 22nd Century

  • Draco Lizards

    KYLE: The eating habits of Gilvos are very similar to those of Earth's Draco lizards, which died out over three hundred years ago...

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  • White Rhinos

    KYLE: ... as the value of their horns increased, the number of white Rhinos in the wild kept falling until they finally became extinct about two centuries ago.

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  • By the 23rd Century (TOS: Man Trap), the Buffalo was only a memory

    SPOCK: The Earth buffalo. What about it?

    CRATER: Once there were millions of them prairies black with them. One herd covered three whole states, and when they moved they were like thunder.

    SPOCK: And now they're gone. Is that what you mean?

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    Even a visionary like Roddenberry couldn't have foreseen the bison burger, which is what really saved the buffalo... Aug 5, 2017 at 1:22

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