An Encyclopedia of Species that Have Disappeared during Human History
Author: Ross Piper
Everyone is familiar with the dodo and the wooly mammoth, but how many people have heard of the scimitar cat and the Falkland Island fox? Extinct Animals portrays over 60 remarkable animals that have been lost forever during the relatively recent geological past. Each entry provides a concise discussion of the history of the animal—how and where it lived, and how it became extinct—as well as the scientific discovery and analysis of the creature. In addition, this work examines what led to extinction—from the role of cyclical swings in the Earth's climate to the spread of humans and their activities. Many scientists believe that we are in the middle of a mass extinction right now, caused by the human undermining of the earth's complex systems that support life. Understanding what caused the extinction of animals in the past may help us understand and prevent the extinction of species in the future. Extinct Animals examines the biology and history of some of the most interesting creatures that have ever lived, including: The American Terror Bird, which probably became extinct over 1 million years ago, who were massive predators, some of which were almost 10 feet tall; the Rocky Mountain Locust, last seen in 1902, formed the most immense animal aggregations ever known, with swarms estimated to include over 10 trillion insects; the Giant Ground Sloth, which was as large as an elephant; and the Neandertals, the first Europeans, which co-existed with prehistoric Homo sapiens. Extinct Animals includes illustrations—many created for the work—that help the reader visualize the extinct creature, and each entry concludes with a list of resources for those who wish to do further research.
Surveys the fascinating lives and deaths of dozens of animal species in all major biomes--forests, mountains, grasslands, oceans and islands, and wetlands--and considers what humans can do to save species endangered today from extinction.
Introduces the many animal species that became extinct over the past five centuries as the result of European expansion into various parts of the world, including the great auk, Carolina parakeet, thylacine, and passenger pigeon.
What does a mammoth smell like? Do dinosaurs bob their heads as they walk, like today’s birds? Do aurochs low like cows? You may soon find out. From the Siberian permafrost to balmy California, scientists across the globe are working to resurrect all kinds of extinct animals, from ones that just left us to those that have been gone for many thousands of years. Their tools in this hunt are both fossils and cutting-edge genetic technologies. Some of these scientists are driven by sheer curiosity; others view the lost species as a powerful weapon in the fight to preserve rapidly changing ecosystems. It seems certain that these animals will walk the earth again, but what world will that give us? And is any of this a good idea? Science journalist Torill Kornfeldt travelled the world to meet the men and women working to bring these animals back from the dead. Along the way, she has seen the mammoth that has been frozen for 20,000 years, and visited the places where these furry giants will live again.
From the aurochs--the wild cattle of cave paintings--to Burchell's zebra, an alphabet of twenty-six animals that have disappeared from the earth includes a stunning, full-color portrait of each animal.
A book about extinct animals can possibly help spark a child's imagination by presenting the child with descriptions of animals that encourage visualization. The extinct animals that are described are no longer around for a child to look at in person at a zoo, and, in some cases, there are no pictures of the extinct animals that are being referred to. When reading descriptions of extinct animals, a child may try to visualize what a certain animal may have looked like and how it moved.
What are extinct animals? Don't just define the word, show pictures of what they are. This makes learning a lot more fun and effective. By knowing exactly what these animals are, you are also increasing your child's awareness on their existence and maybe planting ideas on how to care for them too. Secure a copy of this book today!
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company Incorporated
Preserved in this fun activity book are the Atlas Bear, the Bali Tiger, the Eastern Bison, the Round Island Boa, the Dodo, the Toolache Wallaby, the Oahu Omao, and 23 other extinct animals. For each, kids will find where it lived, interesting facts, how to pronounce its name, when the last one died, a description of its coloring, and, most importantly, why it became extinct.
From sea bass to Siberian tigers, this volume introduces species that are either extinct, or could be soon. It highlights the habitat that these animals need to survive, as well as discussing species such as the bald eagle, once on the brink of extinction, but now growing in numbers.