Books on Recently Extinct and Rediscovered Plants and Animals

There are many books which cover the topics of recent extinctions, rediscoveries, rewilding, conservation cloning and de-extinction. Some are concerned only with a single taxonomic group (e.g. birds), while others are concerned with a limited geographical area (e.g. New Zealand), and others still are about a single species or subspecies (e.g. Caribbean monk seal).

Books marked with '*' are about (sub)species now believed to be extinct, but which were alive at the time of writing.

Books marked with '#' are in my personal collection. For three reasons: a) for my reference, b) to let you know I can field enquiries about it, and c) if you wish to make a donation of a book I do not already have. However, regarding the latter, please check with me first as I sometimes forget to update the books that I have purchased recently.


Previous Mass Extinctions

Allaby, Michael and Lovelock, James. (1985). The Great Extinction: What killed the Dinosaurs and devastated the earth? London: Paladin.

Alvarez, Walter and Zimmer, Carl. (2015). T. Rex and the Crater of Doom (second edition). Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Archibald, J. David. (1996). Dinosaur Extinction and the End of an Era: What the Fossils Say (The Critical Moments and Perspectives in Earth History Series). Columbia University Press. 256 pp.

Benton, Michael J. (2008). When life nearly died: the greatest mass extinction of all time. London: Thames and Hudson. 336 pp.

Elewa, Ashraf M. T. (ed.). (2008). Mass Extinction. Germany: Springer. 252 pp.

Erwin, Douglas H. (2008). Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago. Princeton University Press.

Erwin, Douglas H. (2015). Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago (Princeton Science Library series). Princeton University Press. 320 pp.

MacLeod, Norman. (2013). The great extinctions: what causes them and how they shape life. London: Natural History Museum. 208 pp.

McGhee, George R. Jr. (1996). The Late Devonian Mass Extinction: The Frasnian/Famennian Crisis. New York: Columbia University Press. 303 pp.

McGhee, George R. Jr. (2018). Carboniferous Giants and Mass Extinction: The Late Paleozoic Ice Age World. Columbia University Press. 368 pp.

Ward, Peter. (1995). The End of Evolution: Dinosaurs, Mass Extinction and Biodiversity. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

Ward, Peter. (2000). Rivers in Time: The Search for Clues to Earth's Mass Extinctions. Columbia University Press.



Balouet, J. C. and Alibert, E. (1990). Extinct Species of the World. New York: Barron's.

Bienvenue, Valérie and Chare, Nicholas (eds.). (2022). Animals, Plants and Afterimages: The Art and Science of Representing Extinction. Berghahn Books. 460 pp.

Cabrera, Angel. (1929). Animales Extingudos. Espasa-Calpe. 94 pp.

Ceballos, Gerardo, Ehrlich, Anne H. and Ehrlich, Paul R. (2015). The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. 208 pp.

Cheke, Anthony and Hume, Julian Pender. (2008). Lost Land of the Dodo. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. 464 pp. #

Clode, Danielle. (2008). Prehistoric Giants: The Megafauna of Australia. Carlton South: Museum of Victoria. 72 pp.

Dasgupta, Partha, Raven, Peter H. and McIvor, Anna L. (eds.). (2019). Biological Extinction: New Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.

Day, David. (1981). The Doomsday Book of Animals: A Natural History of Vanished Species. New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press. #

Day, David. (1989). The Encyclopaedia of Vanished Species. Mclaren Pub. 288 pp. # [US title 'Vanished Species', reprinted in 2007 by Silverleaf Press]

Day, David. (2012). Nevermore: A Book of Hours: Meditations on Extinction. Toronto, Canada: Quattro Books.

Flannery, Timothy and Schouten, Peter (illustrator). (2001). A Gap in Nature: Discovering the World's Extinct Animals. Text Publishing. [there was also a US edition of this book, and possibly others] #

Fuller, Errol. (2013). Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record. London: Bloomsbury Press. 256 pp.#

Gerlach, Justin. (2014). Extinct Animals of the British Isles. Self Published.

Gill, Anton and West, Alex. (2001). Extinct. London: Macmillan.

Goodman, Steven M. et al. (2014). Extinct Madagascar: Picturing the Island's Past. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 206 pp.

Gray, Benjamin. (2021). Extinct: Artistic Impressions of Our Lost Wildlife. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.

Harington, C. R. (editor). (2003). Annotate Bibliography of Quaternary Vertebrates of Northern North America. Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press.

Haynes, Gary (editor). (2009). American Megafaunal Extinctions at the End of the Pleistocene (Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series). Springer. [2010 softback edition also]

Holmes, Branden. (2021). What's Lost and What Remains: The Sixth Extinction in 100 Accounts. Self published. [Available from Amazon]

Hudon, Daniel. (2017). Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals. Pen & Anvill Press. 138 pp.

Hutchinson, Henry Neville. (1896). Extinct Monsters: A popular account of some of the larger forms of ancient animal life, fourth edition. London: Chapman & Hall.

Hutchinson, Henry Neville. (1911). Extinct monsters and creatures of other days: A popular account of some of the larger forms of ancient animal life. London: Chapman & Hall.

Johnson, Kirk. (2012). Digging Snowmastodon: Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies. Denver, CO; Aspen, CO: Denver Museum of Nature & Science; People's Press.

Kolbert, Elizabeth. (2014). The Sixth Extinction: A Natural History. Henry Holt & Company. 319 pp.

Leakey, Richard and Lewin, Roger. (1992). The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind. Doubleday.

Leakey, Richard and Lewin, Roger. (1996). The Sixth Extinction: Patterns of Life and the Future of Humankind. Anchor Books.

Levy, Sharon. (2013). Once and Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth's Largest Animals. New York: Oxford University Press. 255 pp.

MacPhee, Ross D. E. (ed.). (1999). Extinctions in Near Time. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

MacPhee, Ross D. E. and Schouten, Peter. (2018). End of the Megafauna: The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals. W. W. Norton & Company.

Martin, Paul S. (2005). Twilight of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America. Berkeley: University of California Press. 250 pp.

Martin, P. S. and Klein, R. G. (eds.). (1984). Quaternary Extinctions: A Prehistoric Revolution. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 892 pp.

Ostende, Lars van den Hoek et al. (1999). Swift as a Shadow: Extinct and Endangered Animals. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. 159 pp.

Owen, Richard. (2011). A History of British Fossil Mammals, and Birds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Piper, Ross. (2009). Extinct Animals: An Encyclopedia of Species that Have Disappeared during Human History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 228 pp.

Prothero, Donald R. and Williams, Mary P. Persis. (2016). Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 240 pp.

Pyne, Lydia. (2022). Endlings: Fables for the Anthropocene. University of Minnesota Press.

Silverberg, Robert, and Hnizdovsky, Jacques (Illustrator). (1967). The Auk, the Dodo, and the Oryx: Vanished and Vanishing Creatures. Thomas Y. Crowell. 247 pp.

Silverberg, Robert. (1969). The Auk, the Dodo, and the Oryx: Vanished and Vanishing Creatures. Littlehampton Book Services.

Snook, Jim. (2008). Ice Age Extinction: Cause and Human Consequences. Algora Publishing. 191 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. (ed.). (2009). Holocene Extinctions. New York: Oxford University Press.

Vickers-Rich, P., Monaghan, J. M., Baird, R. F. and Rich, T. H. (1991). Vertebrate Palaeontology of Australasia. Lilydale, Victoria: Pioneer Design Studio, in co-operation with the Monash University Publications Committee, Melbourne. #

Vickers-Rich, P., Van-Tets, G. F. and Knight, F. (eds.). (1985). Kadimakara: Extinct vertebrates of Australia. Victoria, Australia: Pioneer Design Studio.

Webb, Steve. (2013). Corridors to Extinction and the Australian Megafauna. New York: Elsevier Science Publishers. 308 pp.

Whitfield, John. (2020). Lost Animals: Extinct, Endangered, and Rediscovered Species. Smithsonian Books.

Worthy, Trevor H. and Holdaway, Richard N. (2002). The Lost World of the Moa: Prehistoric life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press: Bloomington (Indiana).

Young Jnr., Harold E. (2016). Stone Revelations of the Last Ice Age: Ancient Mid-Atlantic Relief Sculptures of Human Faces and Extinct Megafauna. Hardtrigger Ranch Publishing Company. 184 pp.

Ziswiler, Vinzenz. (1965). Bedrohte un Ausgerottete Tiere. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag Berlin.

Ziswiler, Vinzenz. (1967). Extinct and Vanishing Animals (revised English edition, translated by Fred & Pille Bunnell). New York: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.




Collins, James P. et al. (2008). Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline. New York: Oxford Univesity Press. 273 pp.

Moore, Robin. (2014). In Search of Lost Frogs: The Quest to Find the World's Rarest Amphibians. London: Bloomsbury Publishing. 256 pp.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509. [the old version of REPAD over at appears in the acknowledgements section!]

Single species

Tyler, Michael J. (editor). (1983). The Gastric Brooding Frog. London and Canberra: Croom Helm. 176 pp. *

Tyler, Michael J. (1984). There's a Frog in My Mouth Stomach. Sydney: William Collins, 52 pp. * #




Anderson Atholl J. (1989). Prodigious Birds: Moas and Moa-Hunting in Prehistoric New Zealand. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Angst, Delphine and Buffetaut, Eric. (2017). Palaeobiology of Extinct Giant Flightless Birds. London: ISTE Press / Oxford: Elsevier.

Berentson, Quinn. (2012). Moa: the life and death of New Zealand's legendary bird. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing. 300 pp.

Brewster, Barney. (1987). Te Moa: the life and death of New Zealand's unique bird. Nelson, N.Z.: Nelson Nikau Press. 64 pp.

Buick, Thomas Lindsay. (1937). The moa-hunters of New Zealand: Sportsmen of the Stone Age. T. Avery. 260 pp.

Ceballos, Gerardo, Ehrlich, Anne H. and Ehrlich, Paul R. (2015). The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Cokinos, Christopher. (2000). Hope Is the Thing with Feathers. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher.

Cokinos, Christopher. (2009). Hope Is the Thing with Feathers. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin. 384 pp.

Dixon, Charles. (1898). Lost and vanishing birds: Being a record of some remarkable extinct species and a plea for some threatened forms. London: John Macqueen. 295 pp.

Dunnahoo, Terry. (1989). The Lost Parrots of America (Gone Forever Series). Crestwood House. 48 pp.

Ehrlich, Paul R. et al. (1992). Birds in jeopardy: the imperiled and extinct birds of the United States and Canada, including Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Stanford: Stanford University Press. 259 pp. #

Forshaw, Joseph M. and Knight, Frank. (2017). Vanished and Vanishing Parrots: Profiling Extinct and Endangered Species. Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing.

Fuller, Errol. (1987). Extinct Birds. New York & Oxford: Facts On File Publications. 256 pp. #

Fuller, Errol. (2000). Extinct Birds, second edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 398 pp. #

Garnett, Stephen (ed.). (1992). Threatened and Extinct Birds of Australia. RAOU Report Number 82. 212 pp. #

Garnett, Stephen (ed.). (1993). Threatened and Extinct Birds of Australia, second edition. RAOU Report Number 82. 212 pp.

Gill, Brian and Martinson, Paul. (1991). New Zealand’s Extinct Birds. Random Century New Zealand Ltd. #

Greenway, James C. (1958). Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World. American Committee for International Wild Life Protection Special Publication, 13: x + 518 pages, 86 figures, 1 appendix.

Greenway, James C. (1967). Extinct and Vanishing Birds of the World, second edition. New York: Dover Publications. #

Hachisuka, Masauji. (1953). The Dodo and Kindred Birds, or the Extinct Birds of the Mascarene Islands. London (UK): HF & G Witherby. 250 pp.

Halliday, Tim. (1978). Vanishing Birds: Their Natural History and Conservation. London: Sidgwick & Jackson. #

Hume, Julian Pender and Walters, Michael. (2012). Extinct Birds. T & AD Poyser. #

Hume, Julian Pender. (2017). Extinct Birds, 2nd edition. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Hutton, I. (1991). Birds of Lord Howe Island: Past and Present. Coffs Harbour, NSW: self published. #

McGrain, Todd. (2014). The Lost Bird Project. Hanover: University Press of New England. 85 pp.

Murray, Peter F. and Vickers-Rich, Patricia. (2004). Magnificent Mihirungs: The colossal flightless birds of the Australian Dreamtime. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. #

Owen, Richard. (1878-79). Memoirs on the extinct wingless birds of New Zealand: with an appendix on those of England, Australia, Newfoundland, Mauritius, and Rodriguez. London: John Van Voorst.

Pratt, H. Douglas. (2005). The Hawaiian Honeycreepers. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rothschild, L. W. R. (1907). Extinct birds, an attempt to write in one volume a short account of those birds which have become extinct in historical times, that is within the last six or seven hundred years: to which are added a few which still exist, but are on the verge of extinction. London: Hutchinson & Co. XXIX + 243 pp.

Schodde, R., Fullagar, P. and Hermes, N. (1983). A review of Norfolk Island birds: past and present. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service, Canberra. #

Spittle, Bruce. (2010). Moa sightings, Volumes 1-3. Dunedin: Paua Press. 448 pp. x3. [Chapter 1]

Spittle, Bruce. (2015). Sir George Grey and the Moa. Dunedin: Paua Press. 96 pp.

Steadman, David W. (2006). Extinction and Biogeography of Tropical Pacific Birds. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press. xiv + 594 pp.

Stoutenberg, Adrien. (1967). A Vanishing Thunder: Extinct and Threatened American Birds. The Natural History Press.

Strickland, Hugh Edwin and Melville, Alexander Gordon. (1848). The dodo and its kindred: Or the history, affinities, and osteology of the dodo, solitaire, and other extinct birds of the islands Mauritius, Rodriguez and Bourbon. London (UK): Reeve, Benham & Reeve. viii, 141 pp.

Taylor, Sue. (2012). John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Birds of Australia. Canberra: National Library of Australia. 247 pp.

Tennyson, Alan and Martinson, Paul. (2006). Extinct Birds of New Zealand. Te Papa Press. 160 pp.

Walther, Michael (author) and Hume, Julian Pender (illustrator). (2016). Extinct Birds of Hawai'i. Mutual Publishing. 256 pp.

Wolfe, Richard. (2004). Moa: The Dramatic Story of the Discovery of a Giant Bird. Penguin Global. 250 pp.


Single species

Avery, Mark. (2014). A Message from Martha: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and Why it Still Matters. London: Bloomsbury Publishers. 304 pp. #

Bales, Stephen L. (2010). Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941. Tennessee: University of Tennessee Press.

Ballance, Alison. (2010). Kakapo: Rescued from the Brink of Extinction. Nelson: Craig Potton Publishing. 215 pp.

Best, Hugh A. and Powlesland, Ralph. (1985). Kakapo. Dunedin: John McIndoe & New Zealand Wildlife Service. 30 pp.

Butler, David. (1989). Quest for the Kakapo. Birkenhead, Auckland: Heinemann Reed. 136 pp.

Cemmick, David and Veitch, Dick. (1987). Kakapo Country. Auckland: Hodder & Stoughton.

Chilton, Glen. (2009). The Curse of the Labrador Duck: My Obsessive Quest to the Edge of Extinction. New York: Simon & Schuster. 305 pp. #

Crofford, E. (1989). Gone Forever: The Great Auk. New York: Crestwood House.

Den Hengst, Jan. (2003). The Dodo: the bird that drew the short straw. Marum: Art Revisited, 119 pp.

Estrada, Alberto R. (2014). Looking for the Ivory-billed-Woodpecker in Eastern Cuba. Self published.

Foster, John Wilson. (2014). Pilgrims of the Air. London: Notting Hill Editions.

Fuller, Errol. (1999). The Great Auk. Self published, Southborough, Kent, UK. #

Fuller, Errol. (2002). Dodo: From Extinction to Icon. London (UK): Collins. 192 pp. #

Fuller, Errol. (2003). The Great Auk: The Extinction of the Original Penguin. Boston, Massachusetts: Bunker Hill Publishing. 48 pp.

Fuller, Errol. (2014). The Passenger Pigeon. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 192 pp.

Gallagher, Tim. (2005). The grail bird: hot on the trail of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Boston, Massachussetts: Houghton Mifflin.

Gallagher, Tim. (2013). Imperial Dreams: Tracking the Imperial Woodpecker Through the Wild Sierra Madre. New York: Atria Books. 277 pp.

Gaskell, Jeremy. (2000). Who Killed the Great Auk? New York: Oxford University Press, 227 pp. #

Gehrman, Elizabeth. (2012). Rare birds: the extraordinary tale of the Bermuda petrel and the man who brought it back from extinction. Boston: Beacon Press. 240 pp.

Gollop, J. B., Barry, T. W. and Iversen, E. H. (1986). Eskimo Curlew a vanishing species? Special Publication No. 17. Saskatchewan Natural History Society, Regina, Saskatchewan. 160 pp.

Greenberg, Joel. (2014). A feathered river across the sky: the Passenger pigeon's flight to extinction. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing. 289 pp.

Grieve, Symington. (1885). The Great Auk, or Garefowl (Alca impennis, Linn.): its history, archaeology, and remains. London: Thomas C. Jack. 141 pp. [540 pp.?]

Grihault, Alan. (2005). Dodo: the bird behind the legend. Port Louis (Mauritius): Imprimerie & Papeterie Commerciale. 171 pp.

Grihault, Alan. (2007). Solitaire: the Dodo of Rodrigues Island. Mauritius: Self published. 117 pp.

Hamel, Paul B. (1986). Bachman's Warbler: A Species in Peril. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

Hamel, Paul B. (2018). Bachman's Warbler: A Species in Peril, 2nd edition. Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press. 110 pp.

Hill, Geoffrey E. (2007). Ivorybill Hunters: The Search For Proof in a Flooded Wilderness. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 260 pp.

Hoose, Phillip. (2004). The Race to Save the Lord God Bird. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Hoose, Phillip. (2014). The Race to Save the Lord God Bird, revised and updated. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Jackson, Jerome A. (2004). In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Smithsonian Books, Washington DC. [This first edition of the book was published before the supposed rediscovery of this species in 2005]

Jackson, Jerome A. (2006). In Search of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, second edition. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. 322 pp. [Smithsonian Books?] #

Juniper, Tony. (2002). Spix's Macaw: the Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird. New York: Atria. 287 pp. #

Kallio, Harri. (2004). The Dodo and Mauritius Island: imaginary encounters. London: Dewi Lewis Publishing.

LaBastille, Anne. (1991). Mama Poc: An Ecologist's Account of the Extinction of a Species. W. W. Norton and Company. 320 pp.

Lavers, Roger and Mills, Jim. (1984). Takahe. Dunedin: John McIndoe & New Zealand Wildlife Service. 24 pp.

Lee, W. G. and Jamieson, I. G. (eds.). (2001). The Takahe: Fifty Years of Conservation Management and Research. Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand: University of Otago Press, Dunedin.

de Lozoya, Arturo Valledor. (2013). Ostrero Canario: Historia y biología de la primera especie de la fauna española extinguida por el hombre. Madrid: Organismo Autónomo Parques Nacionales.

Nugent, Rory. (1991) The search for the Pink-headed Duck: A journey into the Himalayas and down to the Brahmaputra. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Olsen, Penny. (2007). Glimpses of Paradise: The Quest for the Beautiful Parrakeet. Canberra, ACT: National Library of Australia. #

Olsen, Penny. (2018). The Night Parrot: Australia's Most Elusive Bird. CSIRO Publishing. 368 pp. #

Pálsson, Gísli. (Due February 2024). The Last of Its Kind: The Search for the Great Auk and the Discovery of Extinction. Princeton University Press. 312 pp.

Parish, Jolyon C. (2013). The Dodo and the Solitaire: a natural history. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press. 406 pp.

Phillips, W. J. (1963). The Book of the Huia. Christchurch, New Zealand: Whitecombe & Tombes. 159 pp.

Pickering, J. (2010). The Oxford Dodo: The sad story of the ungainly bird that became an Oxford icon. Oxford University Museum of Natural History. 32 pp.

Pinto-Correia, Clara. (2003). Return of the crazy bird: the sad, strange tale of the Dodo. New York: Copernicus Books.

Powell, Alvin. (2008). The Race to Save the World's Rarest Bird: The Discovery and Death of the Po'ouli. Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books. 280 pp. #

Snyder, Noel F. R. (2004). The Carolina Parakeet: Glimpses of a Vanished Bird. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 176 pp.

Snyder, Noel F. R. et al. (2009). The Travails of Two Woodpeckers: Ivory-Bills and Imperials. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. 170 pp.

Tanner, James T. (1942). The Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Research Report No. 1. New York: National Audubon Society. [reprinted in 1966 by Dover Publications according to James C. Greenway Jr.]

Weatherford, Carole Boston. (2005). The Carolina Parakeet: America's Lost Parrot In Art And Memory. Avian Publications. 76 pp.

Wissen, B. van (ed.). (1995). Dodo Raphus cucullatus. Amsterdam (The Netherlands): Zoölogisch Museum, Amsterdam University. 102 pp.




Goldschmidt, Tijs. (1996). Darwin's Dreampond: Drama on Lake Victoria. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. #


Human Species

Akazawa, T., Aoki, K. and Bar-Yosef, O. (eds.). (1998). Neandertals and Modern Humans in Western Asia. London & New York: Plenum Press.

Akazawa, Takeru, Nishiaki, Yoshihiro and Aoki, Kenichi (eds.). (2013). Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans: Volume 1. Tokyo: Springer.

Akazawa, Takeru, Ogihara, Naomichi, Tanabe, Hiroki C. and Terashima, Hideaki (eds.). (2014). Dynamics of Learning in Neanderthals and Modern Humans: Volume 2. Tokyo: Springer.

Argue, Debbie. (2022). Little Species, Big Mystery: The Story of Homo floresiensis. Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press.

Ayala, Francisco J. and Cela-Conde, Camilo J. (2017). Processes in Human Evolution: The Journey from Early Hominins to Neandertals and Modern Humans (second edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [reprinted with corrections in 2018]

Boaz, Noel T. and Ciochon, Russell L. (2004). Dragon Bone Hill: An Ice-Age Saga of Homo erectus. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. 264 pp.

Botha, Rudolf. (2020). Neanderthal Language: Demystifying the Linguistic Powers of our Extinct Cousins. Cambridge University Press.

Bruner, E., Ogihara, N. and Tanabe, H. (eds.). (2018). Digital Endocasts. Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series. Tokyo: Springer. 

Churchill, Steven E. (2014). Thin on the Ground: Neandertal Biology, Archeology and Ecology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Conard, N. J. (ed.). (2006). When Neanderthals and Modern Humans Met. Tübingen: Kerns Verlag.

Conard, N. J. and Richter, J. (eds.). (2011). Neanderthal Lifeways, Subsistence and Technology: One Hundred Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study, volume 2. Dordrecht & New York: Springer. 308 pp.

Condemi, S. and Weniger, G.-C. (eds.). (2011). Continuity and Discontinuity in the Peopling of Europe: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Neanderthal Study, volume 1. New York: Springer. 398 pp.

Constable, G. (1973). The Neanderthals. New York: Time-Life.

Finlayson, Clive. (2004). Neanderthals and Modern Humans: An Ecological and Evolutionary Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 265 pp.

Finlayson, Clive (2009). The Humans Who Became Extinct: Why Neanderthals Died Out and We Survived. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 278 pp.

Finlayson, Clive. (2019). The Smart Neanderthal: Bird Catching, Cave Art and the Cognitive Revolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gilbert, W. Henry and Asfaw, Berhane (eds.). (2008). Homo erectus: Pleistocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. 480 pp.

Goval, E. (2012). Neandertal settlements in northern France. Paris, France: Cnrs Éditions Inrap. 312 pp.

Hennenberg, Maciej and Schofield, John. (2008). The Hobbit Trap: Money, Fame, Science and the Discovery of a 'New Species'. Kent Town: Wakefield Press. 176 pp.

Jordan, Paul. (2000). Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins. Sutton Publishing. 256 pp.

Jordan, Paul. (2001). Neanderthal: Neanderthal Man and the Story of Human Origins. The History Press.

Lan-po, Chia. (1975). The Cave Home of Peking Man. Peking: Foreign Languages Press.

Lanpo, Jia and Weiwen, Huang. (1990). The Story of Peking Man: From Archaeology to Mystery. Beijing: Foreign Languages Press.

Montes-Barquín, R. and Lasheras Corruchaga, J. A. (eds.). (2005). Neandertales cantábricos: estado de la cuestión. Monografías del Museo Nacional y Centro de Investigación de Altamira, Santillana del Mar.

Morwood, Mike J. and van Oosterzee, Penny. (2007a). The Discovery of the Hobbit: The Scientific Breakthrough that Changed the Face of Human History. Milsons Point: Random House Australia.

Morwood, Mike J. and van Oosterzee, Penny. (2007b). A New Human: The Startling Discovery and Strange Story of the "Hobbits" of Flores, Indonesia. Washington DC: Smithsonian Books. 272 pp. [US edition of the above title]

Nishiaki, Y. and Jöris O. (eds.). (2019). Learning Among Neanderthals and Palaeolithic Modern Humans. Replacement of Neanderthals by Modern Humans Series. Singapore: Springer.

Pääbo, Svante. (2014). Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. Basic Books. 288 pp.

Papagianni, Dimitra and Morse, Michael A. (2015). The Neanderthals Rediscovered: How Modern Science Is Rewriting Their Story (Revised and Updated Edition). Thames & Hudson. 208 pp.

Patou-Mathis, Marylène. (2018). Neandertal de A à Z. Paris: Allary Editions.

Shapiro, Harry L. (1976). Peking Man: The Discovery, Disappearance and Mystery of a Priceless Scientific Treasure. London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd.

Shipman, Pat. (2015). The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction. Cambridge, Massachussetts: Belknap Press. 288 pp.

Shreeve, James. (1995). The Neandertal Enigma: Solving the Mystery of Modern Human Origins. William Morrow & Co. 369 pp.

Solecki, Ralph S. (1971). Shanidar: The First Flower People. New York: Alfred A. Knophf. xv + 290 pp.

Solecki, Ralph S. (1972). Shanidar: the humanity of Neanderthal man. London: Penguin.

Stiner, M. C. (1994). Honor Among Thieves: A Zooarchaeological Study of Neandertal Ecology. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 447 pp.

Stringer, Christopher "Chris" B. (ed.). (1981). Aspects of Human Evolution. London: Taylor and Francis.

Stringer, Christopher "Chris" B., Barton, R. N. E. and Finlayson, J. C. (eds.). (2000). Neanderthals on the Edge: Papers from a Conference Marking the 150th Anniversary of the Forbes' Quarry Discovery, Gibraltar. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

Stringer, Christopher "Chris" B. and Gamble, Clive. (1993). In Search of Neanderthals: Solving the Puzzle of Human Origins. London: Thames & Hudson. 248 pp.

Sykes, Rebecca Wragg. (2020). Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art. London: Bloomsbury Sigma.

Tattersall, Ian. (1996). The Last Neanderthal: The Rise, Success, and Mysterious Extinction of Our Closest Human Relatives. Macmillan General Reference. 208 pp.

Trinkaus, Erik. (1983). The Shanidar Neandertals. New York: Academic Press.

Trinkaus, Erik and Shipman, Pat. (1993). The Neandertals: Changing the Image of Mankind. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 478 pp.

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Fitzpatrick, J. F. Jr. (1983). How to Know the Freshwater Crustacea. The Pictured Key Nature Series. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers. 227 pp. [cited as an authority on the extinction of several crustaceans]


Single species

Lockwood, Jeffrey A. (2004). Locust: The Devastating Rise and Mysterious Disappearance of the Insect that Shaped the American Frontier. New York, USA: Basic Books. [Melanoplus spretus, the Rocky Mountain locust]

Wilkinson, Rick. (2014). Return of the Phasmid: Australia's Rarest Insect Fights Back From the Brink of Extinction. Hamilton Central: Media Dynamics. 150 pp.


Mammals (Non-human)


Allen, Glover Morrill. (1942). Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Western Hemisphere with the Marine Species of All the Oceans. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 11: 1-620.#

Anton, Mauricio. (2013).  Sabertooth. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 243 pp.

Ceballos, Gerardo, Ehrlich, Anne H. and Ehrlich, Paul R. (2015). The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Croft, D. A. (2016). Horned Armadillos and Rafting Monkeys: The Fascinating Fossil Mammals of South America. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. xii+ 304 pp.

Dalquest, W. W. and Schultz, Gerald E. (1992). Ice Age Mammals of Northwestern Texas. Midwestern State Univ. 309 pp.

Fariña, Richard A. et al. (2013). Megafauna: Giant Beasts of Pleistocene South America. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 436 pp.

Flannery, Timothy Fridtjof, Kendall, Paula and Wynn-Moylan, Karen (illustrator). (1990). Australia's Vanishing Mammals: Endangered and Extinct Native Species. Surry Hills, N.S.W.: RD Press. 192 pp.#

Ford, Fred. (2014). John Gould's Extinct and Endangered Mammals of Australia. Canberra: National Library of Australia.

Grayson, Donald. (2016). Giant Sloths and Sabertooth Cats: Archaeology of the Ice Age Great Basin. University of Utah Press. 320 pp.

Harper, Francis. (1945). Extinct and Vanishing Mammals of the Old World. New York, N.Y.: American Committee for International Wildlife Protection, Special Publications 12: 1-850. [low quality PDF, 68 MB; high quality PDF, 106 MB] #

Haynes, Gary. (1991). Mammoths, Mastodonts, and Elephants: Biology, Behavior and the Fossil Record. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 413 pp.

Johnson, Chris. (2006). Australia's Mammal Extinctions: A 50,000 Year History. Port Melbourne, Sydney: Cambridge University Press. 278 pp. #

Kurtén, Björn. (1968). Pleistocene Mammals of Europe. Chicago & London: Aldine Transaction. viii + 320 pp.

Kurtén, Björn and Anderson, Elaine. (1980). Pleistocene Mammals of North America. Columbia University Press. 442 pp.

McKay, John J. (2017). Discovering the Mammoth: A Tale of Giants, Unicorns, Ivory, and the Birth of a New Science. Norton. 224 pp.

McNamara, Ken and Murray, Peter. (2010). Prehistoric Mammals. Perth: Western Australian Museum.

Naples, Virginia L. et al. (2011). Other Saber-tooths: Scimitar-tooth Cats of the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 236 pp.

Prideaux, Gavin J. (2004). Systematics and Evolution of the Sthenurine Kangaroos. University of California Publications in Geological Sciences 146: i-xviii, 1-623.

Simmons, Alan H. (1999). Faunal Extinction in an Island Society: Pygmy Hippopotamus Hunters of Cyprus (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. 381 pp.

Taboada, Gilberto Silva, Duque, William Suárez and Franco, Stephen Díaz. (2007). Compendio de los mamíferos terrestres autóctonos de Cuba vivientes y extinguidos (rough translation: Compendium of indigenous Cuban land mammals both living and extinct). La Habana, Cuba: Museo Nacional de Historia Natural. 466 pp.

van der Greer, Alexandra et al. (2010). Evolution of Island Mammals: adaptation and extinction of placental mammals on islands. London: John Wiley and Sons. 480 pp.

Werdelin, Lars, McDonald, H. Gregory and Shaw, Christopher A. (eds.). (2018). Smilodon: The Iconic Sabertooth. Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. 304 pp., 16 plates with colour illustrations, 39 b/w photos, 14 b/w illustrations, 1 map.

Woinarski, John, Burbidge, Andrew and Harrison, Peter. (2014). The Action Plan for Australian Mammals 2012. Collingwood: CSIRO Publishing. 1056 pp.

Yalden, D. W. (1999). The History of British Mammals. London: Poyser.


Single species

Agenbroad, Larry D. and Mead, J. I. (1984). The Hot Springs Mammoth Site. A decade of field and laboratory research in paleontology, geology and paleoecology. Hot Springs, South Dakota: The Mammoth Site.

Ando, M. (2008). The Japanese Otter - Lessons from its Extinction. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press. 233pp. [in Japanese]

Andrews, A. P. (c.1975). Thylacine Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian tiger, marsupial wolf). Education Leaflet No. 8. Hobart: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Andrews, A. P. (1985). Thylacine. Thylacinus cynocephalus. Pamphlet produced by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania.

Anonymous. (1969). The Thylacine or "Tasmanian Wolf". Leaflet (Australian Museum), no. 49. Sydney: Australian Museum.

Anthony, Lawrence and Spence, Graham. (2012). The last rhinos: my battle to save one of the world's greatest creatures. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 327 pp.

Australian Museum. (1964). The Thylacine or 'Tasmanian Wolf'. Leaflet No. 49. Sydney: V. C. N. Blight.

Australian Museum. (1991). Catalogue of Thylacine Specimens. Sydney: Mammal Department, Australian Museum.

Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service. (1978). Thylacine, Thylacinus cynocephalus. Rare and Endangered Species Leaflet. Mammals No. 9. Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service.

Bailey, Col. (2001). Tiger Tales: Stories of the Tasmanian Tiger. Sydney: HarperCollins. xii + 164 pp.

Bailey, Col. (2013). Shadow of the Thylacine: One Man's Epic Search for the Tasmanian Tiger. Scoresby: Five Mile Press. 295 pp.

Bailey, Col. (2016). Lure of the Thylacine: True Stories and Legendary Tales of the Tasmanian Tiger. Echo Publishing. 227 pp.

Barnaby, David. (1996). Quaggas and Other Zebras. Plymouth: Bassett Publications.

Beck, B. B. and Wemmer, C. (1983). The Biology and Management of an Extinct Species: Père David’s Deer. Park Ridge, New Jersey: Noyes Publications.

Beresford, Quentin and Bailey, Garry. (1981). Search for the Tasmanian Tiger. Hobart, Tasmania: Blubber Head Press. 54 pp. #

Bessesen, Brooke. (2018). Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez. Island Press. 256 pp.

Boeskorov, G. G., Tikhonov, A. N. and Suzuki, N. (eds.). (2007). The Yukagir Mammoth. St. Petersburg.: St. Petersburg University.

Brown, David E. (1985). The Grizzly in the Southwest: Documentary of an Extinction. University of Oklahoma Press. 280 pp.

Claude, Cäsar. (1996). Der Beutelwolf. Thylacinus cynocephalus Harris, 1808. Leben und Sterben einer Tierart. Zürich, Switzerland: Zoologisches Museum der Universität Zürich.

Cleave, Rohan and Tulloch, Coral. (2018). Bouncing Back: An Eastern Barred Bandicoot Story. CSIRO Publishing 32 pp. [children's book]

Cohen, Claudine. (1994). Le destin du mammouth. Editions Du Seuil coll. Science Ouverte, Paris.

Dixon, Joan M. (1991). The Thylacine - Tasmania's Tiger. Melbourne: Museum of Victoria.

Epstein, June. (1981). The friends of Burramys. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Epting, Charles. (2010). Remembering A Species: A History Of The Caribbean Monk Seal In Captivity. Self Published.

Freeman, Carol. (2010). Paper Tiger: A Visual History of the Thylacine. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Academic Publishers.

Freeman, Carol. (2014). Paper Tiger: How Pictures Shaped the Thylacine (revised edition). Hobart: Forty South Publishing. 224 pp. 

Gilroy, Rex and Gilroy, Heather. (2017). The Thylacine - Its History and Sightings. Uru Publications. 216 pp.

Green, Tamara. (1996). The Quagga (The Extinct Species Collection). Gareth Stevens Pub. 24 pp.

Guiler, Eric Rowland. (1985). Thylacine: The tragedy of the Tasmanian Tiger. Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Guiler, Eric Rowland. (1991). The Tasmanian Tiger in Pictures. Hobart, Tasmania: St David's Park Publishing.

Guiler, Eric Rowland. (1993). The Tasmanian Tiger in Pictures, second edition. Hobart, Tasmania: St David's Park Publishing. 28 pp.

Guiler, Eric Rowland and Godard, Philippe. (1998). Tasmanian Tiger: A Lesson to be Learnt. Perth, Western Australia: Abrolhos Publishing. #

Hairr, John. (2011). Caribbean Monk Seals: Lost Seals of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Coachwhip Publications. 198 pp.

Hall, Mark A. and Coleman, Loren. (2010). True Giants: Is Gigantopithecus Still Alive? Anomalist Books. 188 pp.

Heath, Alan. (2014). Thylacine: Confirming Tasmanian Tigers Still Exist. Fremantle, WA: Vivid Publishing. 124 pp.

Heath, Alan. (2019). Thylacine: Confirming Tasmanian Tigers Still Exist (Ebook, revised edition). Fremantle, WA: Vivid Publishing. #

Heywood, Peter. (Forthcoming, May 2022). The Life, Extinction, and Rebreeding of Quagga Zebras: Significance for Conservation. Cambridge University Press. [Google Books preview]

Holmes, Branden and Linnard, Gareth (eds.). (2023). Thylacine: The History, Ecology and Loss of the Tasmanian Tiger. Clayton South, Melbourne: CSIRO Publishing. [Order from the publisher]

Irby, Kenneth Alan. (1998). Our Tasmanian Tiger: Mystery of the Thylacine. Wynyard, Tasmania: Self published. 26 pp. ill. [pamphlet]

Jachowski, David S. (2014). Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-footed Ferret. Berkeley: University of California Press. 241 pp.

Jordan, Adye M. (1987). The Tiger Man, The Thylacine - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; My Study and Findings. Hobart, Tasmania: Wordswork Express. 95 pp.

Kurtén, Björn Olof Lennartson. (1976). The Cave Bear Story: Life and Death of a Vanished Animal. New York: Columbia University Press. 163 pp.

Lang, Rebecca (ed.). (2014). The Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Extant? Strange Nation Publishing. 186 pp. #

Lenhart, Lawrence. (2023). Backvalley Ferrets: A Rewilding of the Colorado Plateau. University of Georgia Press. 277 pp.

Lindeen, Carol. (2007). Tasmanian Tiger: Thylacine cynocephalus. Mankato, Minn.: Capstone Press.

Lister, Adrian M. and Bahn, Paul. (2000). Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age. London: Marshall Editions.

Lister, Adrian M. and Bahn, Paul. (2007). Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age (revised edition). Berkeley: University of California Press / London: New Burlington Books. 192 pp.

Mansergh, I. M. and Broome, L. S. (1994). The Mountain Pygmy-Possum of the Australian Alps. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press. 114 pp.

Maynard, David and Gordon, Tammy. (2014). Tasmanian tiger: precious little remains. Launceston: Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. 127 pp. #

Mittelbach, Margaret and Crewdson, Michael. (2006). Carnivorous Nights: On the Trail of the Tasmanian Tiger. Random House. 319 pp.

Moeller, Heinz Friedrich. (1997). Der Beutelwolf: Thylacinus Cynocephalus. Magdeburg, Germany: Wesarp Wissenschaften. 195 pp.

Mol, Dick, Wilrie van Logchem, Kees van Hooijdonk and Remie Bakker. (2008). The Saber-toothed cat of the North Sea. Norg: DrukWare. 159 pp.

Owen, David. (2003). Thylacine: The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian Tiger. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. #

Owen, David. (2004). Tasmanian Tiger, the Tragic Tale of How the World Lost Its Most Mysterious Predator. Baltimore, Maryland: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 240 pp.

Owen, David. (2011). Thylacine: The Tragic Tale of the Tasmanian Tiger. Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin.

Owen, David and Pemberton, David. (Due 28 November 2023). Tasmanian Tiger: The tragic story of the thylacine (2nd edition). Crows Nest, New South Wales: Allen & Unwin. 304 pp.

Paddle, Robert N. (2000). The Last Tasmanian Tiger: The History and Extinction of the Thylacine. Oakleigh, Victoria: Cambridge University Press. #

Paddle, Robert N. (In Press, 2018). Last Records of a Lost Species: The Tasmanian Tiger in Captivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pimentel, Juan and Mason, Peter. (2017). The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: an Essay in Natural History. New Haven: Harvard University Press. 324 pp.

Pyers, Greg. (2007). Finding Out About Thylacines. Port Melbourne, Victoria: Echidna Books. 32 pp.

Robinson, A. C. and Young, M. C. (1983). The Toolache Wallaby Macropus greyi Waterhouse. Department of Environment and Planning Special Publications No. 2. Department of Environment and Planning, Adelaide.

Rolland, Will. (1997). The Tasmanian Tiger: The Elusive Thylacine (Picture Roo Book Series). Kenthurst: Kangaroo Press.

Rolland, Will. (2002). (Rev. ed.). The Tasmanian Tiger: The Elusive Thylacine. Howrah, Tasmania: Book Agencies of Tasmania.

Rothauscher, Hans. (2008). Die Stellersche Seekuh: Monografie der ausgestorbenen Nordischen Riesenseekuh (2nd edition?). BoD - Books on Demand GmbH. 88 pp.

Secrest, William B. (2008). California's Day of the Grizzly: The Exciting, Tragic Story of the Mighty California Grizzly. Word Dancer Press.

Slee, Sid. (1987). The Haunt of the Marsupial Wolf. Bunbury, WA: South West Printing and Publishing Company. [multiple printings; unknown if any textual revisions]

Smith, Steven J. (1981). The Tasmanian Tiger - 1980: A report on an investigation of the current status of the thylacine Thylacinus cynocephalus, funded by the World Wildlife Fund. Hobart, Australia: National Parks and Wildlife Service. 133 pp.

Sokolov, V. E. (ed.). (1982). The Yuribei Mammoth. Moscow: Nauka.

Spreen, Reiner. (2016). Monument voor de quagga. Uitgeverij Fusilli. [in Dutch]

Stark, Mike. (2022). Chasing the Ghost Bear: On the Trail of America's Lost Super Beast. University of Nebraska Press. 227 pp. [About Arctodus simus, the Giant short-faced bear]

Storer, T. J. and Tevis, L. P. Jr. (1955). California Grizzly. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. 335 pp.

Storer, T. J. and Tevis, L. P. Jr. (1996). California Grizzly. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. 382 pp.

Terry, Edward "Ned" Vincent. (2005). Tasmanian tiger: Thylacinus cynocephalus: alive & well. Dairy Plains, Tasmania: Self published. ix + 142 pp.

Turvey, Samuel T. (2008). Witness to Extinction: How We Failed to Save the Yangtze River Dolphin. New York: Oxford University Press. 234 pp.

Twigger, Robert. (2003). The Extinction Club: A Tale of Deer, Lost Books, and a Rather Fine Canary Yellow Sweater. New York: Harper Perennial. 222 pp.

Vereshchagin, N. K. (1979). Why Did the Mammoths Become Extinct. Moscow: Nauka. 196 pp. (in Russian)

Vereshchagin, N. K., and Mikhelson, V. M. (1981). Magadan baby mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius (Blumenbach). Leningrad: Nauka. (in Russian)

Vickers-Rich, P., T. H. Rich, L. S. Rich and T. Rich. (1997). Diprotodon and Its Relatives. The Little Prehistory Books. Sydney: Kangaroo Press. 25 pp.

Vuure, C. van. (2003). De Oeros - Het spoor terug, Cis van Vuure, Wageningen University and Research Centrum / Ministry of the Flemish Community, Brussels & Wageningen.

Vuure, C. van. (2005). Retracing the Aurochs: History, Morphology and Ecology of an Extinct Wild Ox. Pensoft Publishers. Sofia-Moscow.

Walker, Brett L. (2008). The Lost Wolves of Japan. University of Washington Press. 360 pp. [about both extinct Japanese wolves]

Walker, John Frederick. (2002). A certain curve of horn: the hundred-year quest for the giant Sable antelope of Angola. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. 477 pp. #

Woinarski, John C. Z. (2018). A Bat's End: The Christmas Island Pipistrelle and Extinction in Australia. Clayton South, Victoria: CSIRO Publishing. #

Woutersen, Kees. (2012). El Bucardo de los Pirineos. Huesca, Spain: Kees Woutersen Publicaciones. 208 pp. [sample pages]

Woutersen, Kees. (2019). El camino de los Bucardos: Rutas y vivencias en Torla—Ordesa. Huesca, Spain: Scribo Editorial. [sample pages]




Briggs, J. and Leigh, J. (1996). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants (fourth edition). Collingwood, Melbourne: CSIRO. x + 466 pp. [previous editions: 1979(?), 1981, 1988]

Hopper, Stephen D., van Leeuwun, Stephen, Brown, Andrew and Patrick, Susan. (1990). Western Australia's Endangered Flora and Other Plants Under Consideration for Declaration. Wanneroo: Dept. of Conservation and Land Management, W.A. Wildlife Research Centre.

Koopowitz, Harold and Kaye, Hilary. (1983). Plant extinction: A Global Crisis. Washington, DC: Stone Wall Press. 239 pp.

Koopowitz, Harold and Kaye, Hilary. (1990). Plant extinction: A Global Crisis. London: Christopher Helm / Bloomsbury Publishing. x + 208 pp.

Leigh, J., Boden, R. and Briggs, J. (1984). Extinct and Endangered Plants of Australia. Melbourne: MacMillan. 370 pp. #

Magdalena, Carlos. (2018). The Plant Messiah. Viking (Penguin Books imprint). 224 pp.

Rogers, Kara. (2015). The Quiet Extinction: Stories of North America's Rare and Threatened Plants. Tuscon, Arizona: University of Arizona Press. 248 pp.

Single species

Crane, Peter. (2013). Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Michel, P.-F. (1985). Ginkgo biloba: l’arbre qui a vaincu le temps. Paris: Art du Vivant, Editions du Félin.

Cultivars (Cultivated Varieties)

Brickell, C. and Sharman, F. (1986). The Vanishing Garden: A Conservation Guide to Garden Plants. London: John Murray.

Minnis, Paul E. (ed.). (2014). New Lives for Ancient and Exinct Crops. Tuscon, Arizona: The University of Arizona Press. 288 pp.




Gerlach, Justin. (2004). Giant tortoises of the Indian Ocean: the Genus Dipsochelys inhabiting the Seychelles Islands and the extinct giants of Madagascar and Mascarenes. Frankfurt: Edition Chimaira. 208 pp.

Regalado, Pedro Galán. (2015). Los Anfibios y Reptiles Extinguidos: Herpetofauna Desaparecida Desde el Año 1500. Monografías de la Universidade da Coruña 155: 1-509 pp.1

Single species

Molnar, R. E. (2004). Dragons in the Dust: The Palaeobiology of the Giant Monitor Lizard Megalania. Indiana: Indiana University Press. 210 pp.

Nicholls, Henry. (2006). Lonesome George: the life and loves of a conservation icon. London: Macmillan, 231 pp. [functionally extinct at the time of writing]

Pritchard, Peter C. H. (2012). Rafetus, The Curve of Extinction: The Story of the Giant Softshell Turtle of the Yangtze and Red Rivers. Living Art Publishing. 174 pp.

Stanford, Craig B. (2010). The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction in Our Lifetime. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press. 210 pp. [functionally extinct at the time of writing]


Fictional Works

Cameron, Claire. (2017). The Last Neanderthal: A Novel. Little, Brown and Company. 288 pp.


(Formerly) Extinct in the Wild

Boyd, L. and Houpt, K. (1994). Przewalski's Horse: The History and Biology of an Endangered Species. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.2

Butler, David and Don Merton. (1992). The Black Robin: saving the world's most endangered bird. Auckland: Oxford University Press.

Duthie, James (ed.). (2018). Back to the Wild: Reintroducing the Scimitar-Horned Oryx into Chad. Akkadia Press.

Moir, John. (2006). Return of the Condor: The Race to Save Our Largest Bird from Extinction. Lyons Press.

Montgomery, Sy and Strombeck, Tianne. (2020). Condor Comeback. Houghton Miflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2019). Evaluating the Taxonomic Status of the Mexican Gray Wolf and the Red Wolf. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. 104 pp.

Walters, Mark Jerome. (2006). Seeking the Sacred Raven: Politics and Extinction on a Hawaiian Island. Island Press. 293 pp. [304 pp.?] [Corvus hawaiiensis, the ‘Alalā or Hawaiian crow]

Wang, J. J. (2004). Studies on the Comparative Behavior between Stalled and Reintroduced Przewalski Horse. Beijing, China: Beijing Forestry University. (in Chinese)2


Cloning, De-Extinction and Rewilding

Australian Museum. (2000). The Australian Museum Rheuben Griffiths Trust Thylacine Project. Sydney : The Australian Museum. 14 pp. ill.

O'Connor, M. R. (2015). Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things. South Melbourne: Affirm Press. 266 pp.

Kornfeldt, Torill. (2018). The Re-Origin of Species: A Second Chance for Extinct Animals. Scribe Publications.

Shapiro, Beth. (2016). How to Clone a Mammoth: the Science of De-extinction. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 240 pp.

Stone, Richard. (2002). Mammoth: The Resurrection of An Ice Age Giant. London: Harper Collins Publishers. 256 pp.

Wray, Britt. (2017). Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics, and Risks of De-Extinction. Greystone Books. 288 pp.



1 My old website is listed in the Acknowledgements section of the book. My thanks to Melanie Nayyal for pointing this out to me.

2 New research has shown that Przewalski's horse may in fact be a feral population of domesticated horses. One might immediately think of all of the resources wasted on saving what may turn out to be merely a feral animal, or indeed ponder why this was not picked up earlier. However, it should be kept in mind that with so many old breeds having been lost already, its conservation should still be a priority.