Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species That Have Disappeared During Human History
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Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species That Have Disappeared During Human History

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Everyone is familiar with the dodo and the wooly mammoth, but how many people have heard of the scimitar cat and the Falkland Island fox? "Extinct Animals" portrays over 60 remarkable animals that have been lost forever during the relatively recent geological past. Each entry provides a concise discussion of the history of the animal--how and where it lived, and how it bec...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published March 20th 2009 by Greenwood Press
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Donna
This was fun to flip through, because it can be tough to find books about extinct animals other than dinosaurs. But apart from the focus of its subject and well-designed layout, it's disappointing.

The entries themselves are badly written. There are lots of short, declarative sentences piled up on each other, which come across as boring and monotonous. And when the author does indulge in different types of sentences, they're sometimes awkward or unclear.

I was also annoyed by the book's tone and s...more
João
Beautiful illustrations.
Terrible, terrible writing. The scientific aspect of it just totally vanishes sometimes... It almost makes you cry.

Also, it is too incomplete to deserve the word "encyclopedia" on that enormous title.
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