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Imperial Woodpecker Extinction

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ITHACA, N.Y.—The largest woodpecker that ever lived probably went extinct in the late 20th century in the high mountains of Mexico, without anyone ever capturing photos or film of the two-foot-tall, flamboyantly crested bird. Or so scientists thought—until a biologist from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tracked down a 16-mm film shot in 1956 by

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