Steller's Sea Cow
April 11, 2013
The Steller's sea cow was discovered in 1741, but the species was not around for much longer than that. In 1768, the last sea cow was killed on Bering Island. The Steller's Sea Cow project began in 2010 to collect and analyze remains and test a hypothesis as to whether factors related to climate change influenced the eventual extinction of this last giant Beringian mammal. The project produced a final scientific report explaining how direct hunting and the effects of climate change ultimately both played a part in the extinction of the Steller's Sea Cow.