Swift as a Shadow: Extinct and Endangered Animals

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999 - Nature - 159 pages
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"In the early nineteenth century there were so many passenger pigeons that the sky darkened when they flew overhead; it took three days for flocks to pass. They were killed by hunters or disappeared when their oak and beech habitats were destroyed. The last bird, named Martha (only the last of any species seems to merit a human name), died in the Cincinnati Zoo in 1905." Here, in photographs and words, are stirring reminders of wild beauty that is no more, as well as profiles of species whose survival is in peril. Rosamond Purcell's seventy spectacular color photographs--taken primarily at the Natural History Museum in Leiden, Holland, which holds the world's most extensive collection of lost species--tell a haunting and foreboding tale.

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User Review  - fundevogel - LibraryThing

Swift as a Shadow:Extinct and Endangered Animals is part science book part art book. It is the result of photographer Rosamond Purcell's invitation to photograph the extensive taxidermy collection of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

This is a good introduction to extinct animals. I wish there was more information on each animal, but this book is more about the photographs. Rosamond Purcell photographed stuffed animals, some times ... Read full review

Contents

Swift as a shadow 9 EXTINCT AND ENDANGERED ANIMALS Continental Animals 2ti Island and Marine Animals 65
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Remember the Islands by Ross D E MacPhee
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Nature Stands Aside by Rosamond Purcell
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About the author (1999)

Rosamond Purcell, the acclaimed author and photographer of the recently published Special Cases and Swift As A Shadow, has lent her unique photographs to books by Stephen Jay Gould and F. Gonzalez-Crussi. A regular contributor to The Sciences, her photographs have also appeared in Ms., Smithsonian, The Atlantic Monthly, Harvard Magazine, Omni, and many international publications. She lives in Massachusetts.

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