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The great auk and the gannet: a prehistoric perspective on the extinction of the great auk

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Archaeological finds of the great auk, Alca impennis, and the northern gannet, Sula bassana, from prehistoric and historic coastal sites around the British Isles show the earlier distribution of these birds. They suggest that the great auk bred more widely in the eastern Atlantic than on the few breeding sites which are attested historically. Comparison between the two species suggests that the method of exploitation as well as the biology and behaviour of each contributed to the extinction of the former and the survival of the latter.

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Serjeantson, Dale (2001) The great auk and the gannet: a prehistoric perspective on the extinction of the great auk International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 11, (1-2), pp. 43-55. (doi:10.1002/oa.545).

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Published date: 2001
Keywords: great auk, alca impennis, northern gannet, sula bassana, bird bones, extinction, britain, common pool resources, seabird fowling

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Local EPrints ID: 43094
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/43094
ISSN: 1047-482X
PURE UUID: a0fbd30a-de54-42e0-ae0c-f0c9cf61e2d7

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Date deposited: 11 Jan 2007
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:19

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Author: Dale Serjeantson

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