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Book review: "Lost Animals- Extinction and the photographic record"

Thanks to my lovely editor at Bloomsbury, Jim Martin (now heading up their very exciting new popular science imprint, Sigma), I was sent a copy of a book to review late last year which looked fascinating. Obviously, to declare my interests, Bloomsbury are also publishing my own book, Dawn Chorus in Eden, but my review is from the point of view of someonw with a background in working on an extinct ancient human species.
The volume in question is Lost Animals- Extinction and the photographic record, by Errol Fuller. Read on to see what I thought!

My first impression of the book was that it's fairly substantial, and very nicely produced. It's a good size, hardback, but not too big, and the quality of the cover and paper inside is excellent, as are the photographs (taking into account some of the originals' poor quality).

Some of the species included may already be familiar to readers as extinction "celebrities"- i.e. the Quagga, Thylacine and Passenger Pigeon. It …