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The Great Auk

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It is probable that the famous Great Auk (Alca impennis) also was a typical Arctic species. Its range extended to both sides of the Atlantic. In Newfoundland and on the coast of Iceland it is known to have been met with in considerable numbers within historic times; and no doubt, like all Arctic species, it extended farther southwards at a more remote period.

Author
The History of the European Fauna
By R. F. Scharff
Published in 1899
Available from gutenberg.org
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