The Extinct Great Auk
The Great Auk inhabited the
rocky coasts and islands of the North
Atlantic from Virginia, Scotland, Shetland
and Ireland to Greenland and Iceland, almost
to the Arctic Circle.
to puffins and albatross the Great Auk was
also known as Garefowl
The Great Auk's egg was almost 12 centimeters in
length. A 17" screen set at 800 x 600 pixels resolution should
approximate actual size.
One hundred years ago almost one hundred specimens of the Great Auk's
eggs were known to exist and were sold to enthusiastic collectors for
as much as
The Flightless Great Auk
was hunted for food and its down and became extinct by the mid 1800s.
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