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Old 04-10-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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11 Extinct Animals That Have Been Photographed Alive
Written by Bryan Nelson
Published on April 2nd, 2009
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11 Extinct Animals That Have Been Photographed Alive
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The current rate of extinction is 100 to 1000 times higher than the average, or background rate, making our current period the 6th major mass extinction in the planetís history.

Although fossil reconstructions or pictorial representations can sometimes be difficult to connect with, itís impossible to ignore the experience of seeing a photograph of an animal on the brink of extinction.

Thus, what follows is a list of 11 extinct animals that were photographed while still alive.
See photos at link above.
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Old 04-10-2009, 05:11 PM   #2
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Disappearing before our very eyes. Sad.

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Passenger Pigeon

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The story of the Passenger Pigeon is one of the most tragic extinction stories in modern times. As recently as around 200 years ago they weren’t anywhere near extinction. In fact, they were actually the most common bird in North America, and some reports counted single flocks numbering in the billions.
During some migrations, the flocks flying overhead would stretch for over a mile and could take several hours to pass. It would have been impossible to imagine a North American skyline without them. Yet somehow the species went from being one of the most abundant birds in the world to extinction in only about 100 years. What happened?
Colonial hunters happened. The pigeon meat was commercialized and recognized as cheap food, especially for slaves and the poor, which led to a catastrophic hunting campaign on a massive scale. Furthermore, due to the large size of their flocks, the birds were seen as a threat to farmers. In fact, in 1703 the Catholic bishop of Quebec actually excommunicated the entire species.
The last known Passenger Pigeon, named “Martha”, died in captivity on September 1st, 1914, in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1896, the last flock of 250,000 birds were slaughtered by hunters despite the knowledge that it was the last flock of that size left.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:05 PM   #3
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Anyone who can should try to pick up the book, "The Biodiverstiy Crisis: Losing What Counts", Amazon.com: The Biodiversity Crisis: Losing What Counts (American Museum of Natural History Books): Michael J. Novacek, American Museum of Natural History: Books
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
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My grandparents often talked about the Passenger Pigeons. About how they blocked out the sun.
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