Title

Bones of great auks, last sighted live off Iceland in 1844, are common in Maine

Source

Island Journal

Date

1988

Volume Number

Volume 5

Pages

52

Abstract

Bones of great auks, last sighted live off Iceland in 1844, are common in Maine island shell heaps, suggesting that they visited the Gulf of Maine. Sea minks, extinct by 1910, lived exclusively off the Maine coast. Their extinctions are both tied to their island existence. Island biotas are among the most extinction-prone on Earth, comprising 1 percent of the Earth's land mass and 75 percent of recent vertebrate extinctions. Details.

Subjects

Extinct animals, Islands

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