Lost Animals

Lost Animals

Extinction and the Photographic Record

Book - 2014
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A photograph of an extinct animal evokes a greater feeling of loss than any painting ever could. Often black and white or tinted sepia, these remarkable images have been taken mainly in zoos or wildlife parks, and in some cases depict the last known individual of the species. Lost Animals is a unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed the demise of the Hawaiian Po'ouli. From a mother Thylacine and her pups to birds such as the Heath Hen and the Carolina Parakeet, Errol Fuller tells the story of each animal, explains why it became extinct, and discusses the circumstances surrounding the photography. Covering 28 extinct species, this book includes familiar examples like the last Passenger Pigeon, Martha, and one of the last Ivory-billed Woodpeckers, photographed as it peers quizzically at the hat of one of the biologists who has just ringed it. But the book includes rare images as well, many never before published. Collected together here for the first time, these photographs provide a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever, in a book that brings the past to life while delivering a warning for the future.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014, ©2013.
ISBN: 9780691161372
0691161372
Characteristics: 256 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,26 cm

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Yavin
Dec 15, 2016

A nice large-type book on extinct birds and mammals from the 1800s onwards. There are some impressive photos and some not so impressive photos. The majority of photos are black and white because of the period the photos were taken and as such there are color illustrations of most species in an appendix in the back of the book.

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fiferboy
May 09, 2015

Fascinating, readable work. Mostly about birds though, not many mammals.

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