Modern technology does not only let us enjoy the things that are in the present, but also things from the past. The software available, like Photoshop, helps us take a glimpse at what things looked like. Even though they still remain digital, they're pretty close to reality.

Roman Uchytel uses technology for this very reason. He uses Photoshop to show us a glimpse of things that have passed and most likely will never come back. To be more specific, he recreates prehistoric extinct species of animals as best as he can using the information that he has. And it's fair to say that he's been doing a pretty good job at it; he even published a book which you can find here.

For today's post, we show you only one of many of his series, where he compares the sizes of extinct species with their modern relatives and places them side by side. It's really surprising how some of the species were way bigger than you would've thought looking at their modern kin. So scroll on down and take a glimpse into the past!

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denzoren
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2 months ago

If they moved just as slowly I'd love to see that. "Oh no, the giant slot is after me...got some time to get lunch and then start running".

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Most of the animals shown here existed during the Pleistocene, otherwise known as Ice Age era, which lasted from around 2.58 million to 11m7 thousand years ago. As the term Ice Age signifies, it was a glacial period where most of the northern hemisphere was covered in, you guessed it, ice. The glaciations happened on and off in steady cycles which lasted from 41,000 to 100,000 years.

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

Did the Diprotodon poop enormous cubes, I wonder....

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IguanaCircusGirl2000
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2 months ago

It looks like the smaller shark told a great joke to the larger one....

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As you probably know by now, all of the ancestor species shown here are extinct. Almost all, if not all of these species went extinct in the so-called Quaternary period (2.58 million years before the present) in the Late Pleistocene. This period is marked by numerous megafaunal and other extinctions. This pulse extinction is characterized by the fact that there was a widespread absence of ecological successors, which caused a major shift in faunal habitats and relationships.

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Stille20
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2 months ago

It all done with perspective ;)

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Kookamunga
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2 months ago

That giant guy could pick up a SUV and throw it.

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Fact: life on Earth has suffered 5 major extinction events, and is going through one so-called Holocene extinction event right now. An extinction event is a widespread and rapid decrease in biodiversity. The greatest extinction event killed 90 to 96 per cent of all species. Scientists argue over the exact number of extinction events life has gone through, ranging from five to as many as twenty. The current extinction event is different from others because human activity plays a huge hand in it.

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Mangaboi
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2 months ago

The clouded leopard only goes up to a humans knees, so this is about the size of a lion.

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Stille20
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2 months ago

I remember as a child being fascinated when I first saw a Capybara this is wild...it's like a giant Guinea pig

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Let's hope you learned something new today. If you didn't, or if you're up to learn even more cool stuff, Bored Panda is here to help you satisfy this thirst for knowledge. Here's our latest edition of "Today I Learned" posts that our community loves. Too general, want to learn something more animal-centric? No problem. Want to know more about silly bird names that ornithologists came up with? Or perhaps you want to know what insects really look like when they're flying? Let's not end this post about extinct species with a sad note: here's a story about reappeared elephant shrew species that we thought went extinct 50 years ago.

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kath morgan
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2 months ago

I wonder if it did the same cute pose as modern armadillos

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Just for information...the current bison is approximately 2.5m or 8feet tall...that other guy could wreck a bus and not even break a sweat.

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Here's what Roman had to say about his hobby, background, and his love for prehistoric animals, among other things: "My wife and business partner Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel) and I came up with this idea together, for our children to know what the ancestors (or relatives) of the animals they see in the zoo looked like.

I started studying Photoshop right after I graduated, and I tried different functions for fun. But the basis of everything is my artistic education and the vast amount of scientific literature about animals that I’ve read since I was a teenager or even kid."

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R Carson
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2 months ago

Terrifying no matter what size.

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Mimi
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2 months ago

I didn’t know anything could make an elephant look small...

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Here's what set Roman on his path: "In early 2000, I worked as a designer on television. My hobby was extinct animals and dinosaurs. When "Walks with Monsters" came out, I was inspired, because no one had ever made such a film before. The thing is, I was educated as an artist, and I studied anatomy, so I decided to draw these animals for myself based on their skeletons. So the end result was put on a zoo forum and shown to other people. It turns out that I’m not the only one interested in this kind of reconstruction. Besides, when I was a kid, I had books about ancient animals with illustrations of Burian and Flerov. And the family lived near the zoo, so I practically grew up there."

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denzoren
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2 months ago

No ice age no fluff.

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SomeCrazyDogLover
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2 months ago

Why does the extinct cheetah look like an annoyed older sibling XD

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"My favorite animal is the one I’m drawing right now. So every time I get a new favorite. Can you imagine that ancient rodents were the size of a rhinoceros, and extinct rhinos led the life of giraffes and were the tallest animals in the world?!"

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Jo Choto
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2 months ago

So Asian elephants are relatively small, which would indicate that the mammoth was smaller than a modern day African elephant. Is that actually correct?

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Lil Prime
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2 months ago

Looks like the extinct ones saying DON'T YOU EVER TALK TO ME OR MY SON EVER AGAIN!!!

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"My wife and business partner Alexandra Antonova (Uchytel) is a great writer. She has so many cool ideas. Now we’re working on one idea—Prehistories (a series of prehistoric fairy tales). Now all we have to do is find a publisher."

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Hannah Edwards
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2 months ago

Spectacled bears are some of the most adorable on the planet.

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ggus44
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2 months ago

The extinct one looks more like a giant "anta" (south american tapir).

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ggus44
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2 months ago

Looks like it was 1/3 zebra :)

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Stille20
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2 months ago

That would be terrifying.. Ostriches are terrifying

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allan dorfling
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2 months ago

Also Afrikaans. Seekoei

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denzoren
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2 months ago

Adapted to eating leaves that were high up in their habitat...incase anyone was wondering.

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Ms.M.
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2 months ago

They look so shocked! lol cute

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Juds Conne
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2 months ago

Both equally magnificent. So glad the Alaskan moose still exists.

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Elin Noller
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2 months ago

jesus...boars are huge, this would be gigantic.

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R Carson
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2 months ago

Cute.

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R Carson
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2 months ago

cuddly

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Joran Quinten
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2 months ago

A giant Nope Parrot

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Helwin
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2 months ago

Aww the muzzle is so cute !

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GSMountainWolf
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2 months ago

I LOVE WOLVES!!,!,!

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Katie Lutesinger
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2 months ago

My local dinosaur museum has a prehistoric crocodile's skull on display, and the damn thing is the size of a smartcar! Thank goodness they're not around any more - modern crocodiles are scary enough!

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denzoren
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2 months ago

10/10 for cuteness and the ability to annihilate me instantly.

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Andrew Gibb
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2 months ago

hare today, gone tomorrow

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R Carson
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2 months ago

Still cute.

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LadyGrimm
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2 months ago

I actually feel like this graphic undersells the size of Argentavis magnificens. They were known to have up to 27ft wingspans, roughly the same a small airplane. They preyed on animals the size of modern cows.

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Juds Conne
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2 months ago

Love hyenas, their lineage and modern characteristics, especially the perfection of their heads and muzzles. Same for the South American Jaguar and its ancestors ( pictured above). When something works so well, not much needs to change.

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Leigh C.
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2 months ago

Looks like the whale in Pinocchio

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Goth mouse (they/them)
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2 months ago

I wonder if the giant gelada grazed on grass like the modern one?

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