Book of the Week: Animals of the Past

While much of the focus today has been concentrated on the existing life on planet Earth, and how to protect and preserve it, there is still a great deal of interest, and indeed things to be learned, from that life which has ceased to exist on our planet. With this in mind, we focus this week on the title Animals of the Past (1901) by Frederic A. Lucas. By his own admission, the author describes the intention of this book as:

“…to tell some of the interesting facts concerning a few of the better known or more remarkable of these extinct inhabitants of the ancient world.”

As such, this book highlights some of the more interesting or popular of these ancient animals, a few of which will also be highlighted here through the beautiful illustrations found within its pages. Take some time to take a look at these and the other fascinating creatures of the past as we strive not only to learn in this present age, but also to learn from the past, so we do not lose what we have.

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This week’s book of the week, Animals of the Past (1901) by Frederic A. Lucas, was contributed by the Smithsonian Institution.

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Grace Costantino served as the Outreach and Communication Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library from 2014 to 2021. In this capacity, she developed and managed BHL's communication strategy, oversaw social media initiatives, and engaged with the public to excite audiences about the wealth of biodiversity heritage available in BHL. Prior to her role as Outreach and Communication Manager, Grace served as the Digital Collections Librarian for Smithsonian Libraries and as the Program Manager for BHL.