Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"an interesting adventure story"

In his review of Geoffrey E. Hill's Ivorybill hunters--the book about the purported discovery of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (Campephilus principalis) along Florida's Choctawhatchee River--in the March 2008 issue of the Wilson Journal of Ornithology (120:232-233), William E. Davis Jr. makes the following comparison:
An interesting parallel exists between the ivorybills and the Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacinus cyanocephalus), a marsupial carnivore. The last tiger in captivity died in 1936, but sightings have been reported ever since, some by qualified biologists. However, no road-killed tigers have been found nor has indisputable photographic evidence been produced. In the absence of irrefutable evidence, and with the intrinsic problems faced by rare animals, much of the scientific community is likely to remain skeptical of the continued existence of either Ivory-billed Woodpeckers or Tasmanian Tigers [emphasis added].
Davis concludes his review as follows:
Hill's book is written for a popular audience and is not a scientific work. In any event, it chronicles an interesting adventure story, and I recommend it as a good read.


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March 20, 2008 12:56 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

I got the chance to review this book for British Birds magazine. Summarised at

Still enjoy reading your stuff.

March 24, 2008 7:50 PM  

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