How does everybody think the e-book should be structured? I was thinking:
Introduction General articles Tables of extinct and missing species by taxonomy Summary of the tables (i.e. by period, geographical area and by taxonomy) Conclusion Appendix: list of rediscovered species
What exact information should we include? Obviously the scientific name and any commons names are necessary. As is the last known recorded date of the species' existence, its geographical location, and the believed causes of its extinction. But what other fields?
We have to be careful though because there are so many recently extinct species, especially birds and plants that if we include lots of detail the e-book will be absolutely MASSIVE...
We have indeed to be carefull that it don't becomes too massive. That can maybe if we want in a later stage and than one just for mammals, one just for reptiles, etc.
Maybe a short summary of its population history (where known) per species combined with the causes of extinction? So that it will become some sort of encyclopedia. I will check the various animal and plant encyclopedias I have, maybe I will come up with another idea.
Also how to group the different species? Taxonomically I gues, per class, order, family, genus, species and subspecies.
Also its status should maybe be added. As many are officially considered extinct (e.g. IUCN), while others are considered 'possibly extinct', species that might survive somewhere or that still need a survey, etc. The recent rediscoveries show that we need to be cautious with declaring a (sub)species as extinct.