Great Auks :: for Backbreeding/De-Extinction :: Once the 'penguins' -flightless & powerful swimmers- of the N. Hemisphere: Canada to Scotland :: Newfoundland tried to stop the English from hunting them, but the last Great Auks were shot 1844 Iceland :: :: Can we bring it back? Stewart Brand preservationist Long Now Foundation runs a de-extinction campaign called "Revive and Restore" :: There are over 80 stuffed great auks in museums around the world that could help scientists sequence their…

How much do you know about the Great Auk, the penguin-like bird that went extinct in the century? Here are 10 essential Great Auk facts.

July 3, 1844: Last pair of Great Auks killed. Although individual auks were seen after that, there were no more breeding pairs left, and the birds became extinct. They had been hunted by humans for over 100,000 years, but it wasn't until Europeans developed a taste for auk down comforters that the creature was really in trouble. This painting by John James Audubon shows the Great Auk in its summer plumage.

Great auk: Great auk, (Pinguinus impennis), flightless seabird extinct since Great auks belonged to the family Alcidae (order Charadriiformes). They bred in colonies on rocky

The Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a large, flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century

The Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a large, flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the century

On this day in 1844, the last Great Auk, a relative of puffins and razorbills, was killed on an island off the coast of Iceland. Humans hunted the Great Auk for over 100,000 years. With few natural predators, the Auk had no innate fear of people.

On this day in the last Great Auk, a relative of puffins and razorbills, was killed on an island off the coast of Iceland. The Great Auk was a flightless bird, measuring between 30 and 33 inches high with wings of only 6 inches in length.

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Date: century. Source: John Gould: The Birds of Europe, vol. lithograph by Edward Lear with hand coloring. Note: This is the original penguin or 'great auk' hunted to extinction in the century.

Amazing Extinct Animals 8 Great Auk 1852

Extinct: Great Auk: These auks were flightless penguins from the Atlantic. They were one of the largest auks standing about inches high. They had white and glossy black feathers, and were once seen in huge numbers in the northern frigid areas.

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Internal organs of the last two great auks, Zoological Museum of Copenhagen.

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