I am now offering for sale my Great Auk recreations. This skeleton has been meticulously researched and Museum specimens have been measured and photographed to give me the best possible reference material. This is a recreation of the Funk Island Great Auk skeleton at the Natural History Museum at Tring. Special thanks to them for allowing me to study their real skeleton.
Each bone is cast from birds that most resembled the Great Auk, and some bones have been built and cast specifically for this skeleton. The skull is a cast from a genuine Great Auk.
Each skeleton is completely articulated from individual cast bones and presented in a high quality glass case with wooden trim.
Approximate case size - 45cm x 34cm x 63cm tall.
The great auk (Alca impennis) was a flightless bird of the alcid family that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It bred on rocky, isolated islands with easy access to the ocean and a plentiful food supply, a rarity in nature that provided only a few breeding sites for the auks. When not breeding, the auks spent their time foraging in the waters of the North Atlantic, ranging as far south as northern Spain and also around the coast of Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, Ireland, and Great Britain.
Yet another species gone at the hands of man.
Please contact me for further information and if you would like to purchase a display. Only a limited number will be made each year to keep these exclusive.
Collection preferred but will deliver at cost. Please inquire.
Photo 1 thanks to Mike Gadd