Lost Animals

Extinction and the Photographic Record
Fuller, Errol (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Lost Animals

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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 unique photographic record of extinction, presented by a world authority on vanished animals. Richly illustrated throughout, this handsome book features photographs dating from around 1870 to as recently as 2004, the year that witnessed 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, Lost Animals 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. But the book includes rare images as well, many never before published. Collected together here for the first time, these photographs provide a tangible link to animals that have now vanished forever, in a book that brings the past to life while delivering a warning for the future. Poignant and compelling, Lost Animals also includes a concise introduction that looks at the earliest days of animal photography, and an appendix of drawings and paintings of the species covered.
Authors: Fuller, Errol
Title: Lost animals
extinction and the photographic record
Publisher: Princeton :, Princeton University Press,, 2014
Characteristics: 256 pages :,illustrations (some color) ;,26 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Errol Fuller
Notes: Originally published: London : Bloomsbury, 2013
Contents: Introduction
Atitlán giant grebe
Alaotra grebe
Pink-headed duck
Heath hen
Wake Island rail
Laysan rail
Eskimo curlew
Passenger pigeon
Carolina parakeet
Paradise parrot
Laughing owl
Ivory-billed woodpecker
Imperial woodpecker
New Zealand bush wren
Aldabra brush warbler
Bachman's warbler
Kauaʻi ʻoʻo
Guam flycatcher
Greater short-tailed bat
Caribbean monk seal
Yangtze River dolphin
Schomburgk's deer
Bubal hartebeest
Appendix: Color paintings
ISBN: 0691161372
Branch Call Number: 591.68 F9658L 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 236-238) and index
Subject Headings: Extinct birds Extinct birds Pictorial works Extinct mammals Extinct mammals Pictorial works Photography of birds Photography of animals Extinction (Biology)
Topical Term: Extinct birds
Extinct birds
Extinct mammals
Extinct mammals
Photography of birds
Photography of animals
Extinction (Biology)
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A photograph makes whatever the subject, so much more real. I may have to actually buy this. What is that thing on the cover, you ask? A thylacine. It used to live (some allege that it stil does) on the island of Tasmania. (Tama's fave)

A collection of photos of extinct animals. The pictures of an ivory-billed woodpecker perching on a naturalist’s hat are standouts.

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