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 photographic record of extinction, featuring photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year of 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. The book includes rare images as well, many never before published, providing a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever. Lost Animals includes an introduction that looks at the earliest days of animal photography, and an appendix of drawings and paintings of the species covered.
Publisher: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780691161372
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm


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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.

May 09, 2015

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


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