12 February 2014

Book Review: Lost Animals

Lost Animals by Errol Fuller provides a photogenic account of the animals that are now lost to us through extinction.  The photos of the 28 species detailed in Fuller's book are remarkable.  Each species is given a detailed account with interesting insights to the last of the species.  I especially was intrigued by the account of the Carolina Parakeet and the lack of photos, except for two photos of captive individuals in private homes.  The photos of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker were also interesting and ones I had never seen before.  They were stunning!

Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the book is that the photos are provided in their original detail.  No modifications or graphic enhancement is provided, but instead the author chooses to let the original photos speak for themselves.  The photos in this book give us the ability to really see a live individual before it was gone forever.  It makes one wonder how many more species will go extinct in our lifetime.

This review copy was provided by Princeton University Press.

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