by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory
Today’s animation is the skull of a passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) collected during the 19th century and in the collections of the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History. The last known passenger pigeon died 100 years ago today. For more on our efforts to create a digital zooarchaeological collection of passenger pigeon elements, and those of other extinct and non-extinct animals, visit the Virtual Curation Laboratory here. A Beta version of a passenger pigeon APP can be found here.