1850 Extinct Great auk near rock stacks

1850 Extinct Great auk near rock stacks

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Credit: PAUL D STEWART/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Antique Copper Plate circa 1850. The Great Auk was last sighted in 1852 on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland and became extinct shortly therafter. The Birds were victims of over-hunting for food and bait. Their terminal decline may have even resulted from collecting for museums and taxidermist collections. The birds popular name gave rise to the name Penguin for the physically similar but unrelated penguins of the Antarctic.

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Keywords: arctic, auk, bird, colour, endangered, engraving, extinct, flightless, great, great auk, impennis, newfoundland, pingouin, pinguinus, rare, rev. francis morris, rspb, species, threatened

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