Great auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird


TitleGreat auk extinction: Humans wiped out giant seabird
Degree of recognitionNational
Media name/outletBBC News
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Description"The great auk will always hold a place in my heart," Dr Jessica Thomas says.

The Swansea-based scientist spent years piecing together an ancient DNA puzzle that suggests hunting by humans caused this giant seabird's demise.

Dr Thomas studied bone and tissue samples from 41 museum specimens during a PhD at both Bangor and Copenhagen University.

The findings paint a picture of how vulnerable even the most common species are to human exploitation.
Producer/AuthorVictoria Gill
PersonsJessica Thomas, Gary Carvalho