Bernard Zonfrillo (1994) did well to remind us of the anniversary of the extinction of the Great Auk Pinguinns impennis. I have visited many of the world's museums and have examined specimens of the Great Auk and other extinct species, and just handling the specimens gives rise to feelings of wonder, rage and frustration. Zonfrillo's account of Brandsson and Islefsson's terrible deeds as they killed

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