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Specimens of the passenger pigeon, a species of bird that was totally eliminated from North America, are preserved in the University of Minnesota’s ornithology collection. ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS/Scott Takushi

University of Minnesota researcher examines bird’s extinction

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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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She also was the last known example of her species, the sole survivor of what once was the most numerous bird in North America and possibly the world.

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