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Extinctopedia tells a complex story, not just of those who are extinct, but also of those in greatest peril, with explanations of what threatens their survival. It is also a story of hope—hope for animals who have been rediscovered, hope in the form of newly-discovered animals, and hope that we might hear the warning call and act to preserve the amazing biodiversity of our fagile planet for future generations to come.

Museum Story

The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is the world's preeminent museum and research complex dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions and educational outreach programs.


  • Hardcover
  • 64 pages, illusrations on nearly page
  • Ages 9 to 12, Grades 4 to 8
  • 14" x 10"
  • Written by Serenella Quarello
  • Illustrated by Alessio Alcini
  • Translated by Margaret Greenan