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Human Hunting Drove The Great Auk Extinct

Analysis of ancient DNA from the North Atlantic penguin driven extinct during the 19th century reveals that even abundant and widespread species can be vulnerable to intense localized exploitation

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | @GrrlScientist

NOTE: This piece was a Forbes Editor’s pick.

Great auks (Pinguinus impennis) in breeding plumage. Plate 341, Birds Of America by John James Audubon.

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𝐆𝐫𝐫π₯π’πœπ’πžπ§π­π’π¬π­, scientist & writer

PhD evolutionary ecology/ornithology. Psittacophile. scicomm Forbes, previously Guardian. always Ravenclaw. discarded scientist & writer, now an angry house elf