Great Auks :: for Backbreeding/De-Extinction :: Once the 'penguins' -flightless & powerful swimmers- of the N. Hemisphere: Canada to Scotland :: Newfoundland tried to stop the English from hunting them, but the last Great Auks were shot 1844 Iceland :: :: Can we bring it back? Stewart Brand preservationist Long Now Foundation runs a de-extinction campaign called "Revive and Restore" :: There are over 80 stuffed great auks in museums around the world that could help scientists sequence their…

Great Auk (Pinguinis impennis) specimen (Bird no. the Glasgow Auk) and replica egg, Kelvingrove, Glasgow

July 3, 1844: Last pair of Great Auks killed. Although individual auks were seen after that, there were no more breeding pairs left, and the birds became extinct. They had been hunted by humans for over 100,000 years, but it wasn't until Europeans developed a taste for auk down comforters that the creature was really in trouble. This painting by John James Audubon shows the Great Auk in its summer plumage.

great auk: Pinguinus impennis flightless seabird extinct since Great auks belonged to the family Alcidae (order Charadriiformes). They bred in colonies on rocky islands off North Atlantic.

Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Hardcover) (Jan Thornhill)

Tragic Tale of the Great Auk (Hardcover) (Jan Thornhill)

Great Auk (Pinguinus Impennis), Alcidae, Extinct Bird Incapable of Flight Giclee Print at Art.co.uk

Great Auk (Pinguinus Impennis), Alcidae, Extinct Bird Incapable of Flight Giclee Print at Art.co.uk

Great Auk: largest of all auks (extinct since 1844) [Wiki]  The Great Auk was the only species in the genus Pinguinus, flightless giant auks from the Atlantic, to survive until recent times, but is extinct today.      Standing about 75 centimetres or 30-34 inches high and weighing around 5 kg, the flightless Great Auk was the largest of the auks.

10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals

Great Auk: largest of all auks (extinct since Extinct Animals: 10 Most Amazing Extinct Animals - ODDEE

The Auk: Ornithological Advances is a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal and the official publication of the American Ornithological Society (AOS). It was established in 1884. The journal covers the anatomy, behavior, and distribution of birds. It is named for the great auk, the symbol of the AOU. The journal is published by the American Ornithological Society]].

The Auk: Ornithological Advances is a weekly peer-reviewed scientific journal and the official publication of the American Ornithological Society (AOS). It was established in 1884. The journal covers the anatomy, behavior, and distribution of birds. It is named for the great auk, the symbol of the AOU. The journal is published by the American Ornithological Society]].

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