On this day in 1844, the last Great Auk, a relative of puffins and razorbills, was killed on an island off the coast of Iceland. The Great Auk was a flightless bird, measuring between 30 and 33 inches...
Great Auk (Alca impennis), a stuffed specimen preserved at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History. The bird was collected off the south coast of Iceland in 1821 shortly before the species became extinct in 1844. The last ever Great Auk site, Eldey island, forms the background og the photo. The egg is a mimmic.
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The Witch of St. Kilda - 1840 There are no written or audio records of the call or sound of the Great Auk... I can only wonder if it sounded like a snickering, laughing or screaming witch? Cloning the Great Auk The DNA sequencing is only a small part in successful cloning of the once extinct Great Auk said Dr. April J. First of Oxford, who is collaborating with the Scottish & Canadian cloners. Samples from birds in museum collections from around the world have been gathered to get a diverse…
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Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis)- Taxidermy Specimen Number 3. This Specimen is perhaps one of the two last Great Auks that were killed in Iceland on July 3, 1844. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels, Belgium.
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You are correct in thinking that this is like a penguin because there are clear similarities. The interesting part is that the word penguin was actually used as a nickname for them and this was before penguins had been discovered. In actual fact they are not related.
British Birds. Plate #76: Black Guillemot (summer & winter), Puffin (summer & winter), Common Guillemot, Brunnich's Guillemot, Razorbill (summer & winter), Great Auk, Little Auk (summer & winter). by F.Z.S Archibald - Third edition - 1918. - from Lowry-James Rare Prints & Books (SKU: 2774)
London:: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1918.. Third edition. Fine. A Fine Original Chromolithograph from Thorburn's British Birds, one of 500 sets produced. Quarto (10 x 12.25 inches, 254 x 311 mm.) Elegantly French-matted in custom made Ecru archival ...