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But usually, once an animal is listed extinct, it stays that way. Author Tim Flannery decided to write about some of the animals that have gone extinct in the past 500 years. To do so, he went to museums around the world to find what were sometimes that last specimen of an animal, and to try to discover why they went extinct. He collected these stories in his book, A Gap in Nature, and recorded some of them for Living on Earth. This week, Living on Earth Today will feature Flannery's work, along with illustrations by Peter Schouten.
(All illustrations by Peter Schouten)
A Gap in Nature Links:
More about the great auk, including photos
See a stuffed lesser stick nest rat
The Thylacine Museum
See a photo of Benjamin, the last thylacine
See a photo of the last passenger pigeon
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