Pinguinus impennis

Great Auks by John Gerrard Keulemans and commissioned by the 19th century ornithological writer H.E. Dresser. Source:




Compelling stories: This BBC article discusses Dr Jessica Thomas’ research on the Great Auk, making the case that hunting by humans was solely responsible for the species extinction. Please follow Dr Thomas on Twitter. Sarah Laskow writes for Atlas Obscura about the last pair of Great Auks. Their ignominious end is well-documented; 170 years later we know the names of the men who killed them.

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