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Specimens of the passenger pigeon, a species of bird which was totally eliminated from North America, are preserved in the University of Minnesota's ornithology collection. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)

Passenger pigeons’ biology may share blame in extinction

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A hundred years ago, Martha died and an environmental cautionary tale was born.

On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, a passenger pigeon, fell off her perch at the Cincinnati Zoo and dropped dead. She was 29.

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