It joins plenty of other interesting creatures, from the giant elephantine mastodons of the prehistoric prairies of North America to the more recently deceased Mauritian dodo, who are no longer with us because man wasn't able to control his hearty appetites for eating and breeding.
But not all man's appetites are as understandable as these. I've always thought the 'mysterious' disappearance of Neanderthal man was nothing of the sort. What do you think human beings would have done when they found these ugly creatures hunting the same game as them and gathering the same seeds, nuts and roots? I'll give you a few clues: Rwanda, slavery, the Holocaust, Maori wipeout of the aboriginal population of New Zealand, the destruction by white settlers of the Tasmanians. I could go on but that should be enough.
We obviously massacred the Neanderthals, and probably ate them*.
It's one of the many reasons I don't buy the arguments of environmentalists who blame everything on industrialism, capitalism, the Enlightenment, monotheism, etc. I'm afraid man's always been a bit of a handful.
* And, yes, I am actually an expert on this having only missed one episode of The Incredible Human Journey with the lovely Dr Alice Roberts.