Flight of the dodo.

@article{Shapiro2002FlightOT,
  title={Flight of the dodo.},
  author={Beth Shapiro and Dean Sibthorpe and Andrew Rambaut and Jeremy J. Austin and Graham M. Wragg and Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds and Patricia L M Lee and Alan Cooper},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={295 5560},
  pages={
          1683
        }
}
The evolutionary history of the dodo is very poorly understood. Like many avian island endemics, a high degree of morphological change associated with flightlessness and gigantism has obscured phylogenetic relationships, and historically the dodo has been linked with avian groups ranging from the 

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