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Lost land of the dodo : an ecological history of Mauritius, Réunion & Rodrigues
A new Neogene marine avian assemblage from north-central Chile
A Late Miocene to Early Pliocene marine avian assemblage is reported here from the Bahía Iglesa Formation of north-central Chile and the presence of the Chilean spheniscid penguin may prove significant in the taxonomy and radiation of the genus Spheniscus.
Reappraisal of the parrots (Aves: Psittacidae) from the Mascarene Islands, with comments on their ecology, morphology, and affinities
- J. Hume
- Biology, Environmental Science
- 25 June 2007
A detailed comparative analysis of fossil skeletal elements indicates that the affinities of the Mascarene parrots lie within the Psittaculini, a wide ranging tribe of parrots that occurs mainly in Southeast Asia and Australasia.
The history of the Dodo Raphus cucullatus and the penguin of Mauritius
- J. Hume
- 1 January 2006
All aspects of the dodo's ecological history, contemporary accounts and illustrations, importation of specimens and fossil record are examined, and evidence is provided to suggest that many conclusions based on the available data are problematic.
Island extinctions: processes, patterns, and potential for ecosystem restoration
- Jamie R. Wood, J. Alcover, J. Wilmshurst
- Environmental Science, GeographyEnvironmental Conservation
- 24 July 2017
The main historic drivers of extinctions on islands, patterns in extinction chronologies between islands, and the potential for restoring ecosystems through reintroducing extirpated species are reviewed.
Palaeobiology: Dutch diaries and the demise of the dodo
New historical data derived from records of hunting caches are analysed, which confirm that specimens of R. cucullatus were collected regularly for at least 26 years beyond 1662, and a new extinction date is calculated, which differs by only three years from that calculated by Roberts and Solow but which greatly narrows the confidence interval.
Giant tortoises spread to western Indian Ocean islands by sea drift in pre‐Holocene times, not by later human agency – response to Wilmé et al. (2016a)
Evidence from DNA phylogeny, Plio‐Pleistocene ocean currents, giant tortoise dispersal, evolution of plant defences, radiocarbon dates and archaeology indicates that the endemic giant tortoises on…
Undescribed Juvenile Plumages of the Laysan Rail Or Crake (Zapornia palmeri: Frohawk, 1892) and A Detailed Chronology of Its Extinction
- J. Hume
- Environmental Science, BiologyThe Wilson Journal of Ornithology
- 11 September 2017
Morphometric data show that sexual size dimorphism is present with males being slightly more robust in bill, legs, and feet, and how this easily could have been avoided.
Mid-Holocene vertebrate bone Concentration-Lagerstatte on oceanic island Mauritius provides a window into the ecosystem of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus)
Repeated evolution of flightlessness in Dryolimnas rails (Aves: Rallidae) after extinction and recolonization on Aldabra
Fossil evidence presented here is unique for Rallidae, and epitomises the ability of birds from this clade to successfully colonise isolated islands and evolve flightlessness on multiple occasions.