What Do You Call the Last of a Species? – The New Yorker

When Robert Webster, a physician in Jasper, Georgia, died, in 2004, he was survived by his wife of more than half a century, two daughters, four grandchildren, and a single word, which he had coined himself: “endling,” defined as the last person, animal, or other individual in a lineage. According to Bruce Erickson, a former colleague of Webster’s, the story of “endling” began at a convalescent center in suburban Atlanta in the mid-nineteen-nineties, when a patient told Webster that she was the only surviving member of her family.

Source: What Do You Call the Last of a Species? – The New Yorker

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One comment

  1. ianscyberspace · March 10

    Sad to see some of our beloved creatures go through natural and man made causes.

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