Flight of the dodo.

  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},
  volume={295 5560},
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 
Terrestrial invertebrates surviving San Ambrosio island’s ecological catastrophe reinforce biogeographic affinities between the Juan Fernández and Desventuradas Islands
Islands are hotspots of biodiversity and extinction. It is critical to study their unique island life before it is lost forever. The Desventuradas Islands, comprised of San Felix and San Ambrosio i...
The first endocast of the extinct dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and an anatomical comparison amongst close relatives (Aves, Columbiformes)
High-resolution X-ray computed tomography scanning is used to examine the endocranial morphology of the dodo and compare this virtual endocast to eight close relatives, finding enlarged olfactory bulbs are a shared characteristic of the Raphinae and posteriorly angled semicircular canals are particular to the dode compared with the other eight species sampled here. Expand
A new species of Gallicolumba: Columbidae from Henderson Island, Pitcairn Group
Abstract A new species of ground dove in the genus Gallicolumba is described from abundant material from late Pleistocene to Holocene age deposits of natural and midden derivation on Henderson IslandExpand
Island hopping, long-distance dispersal and species radiation in the Western Indian Ocean : historical biogeography of the Coffeeae alliance (Rubiaceae)
The Western Indian Ocean region is home to a very diverse and largely unique flora that has mainly originated via long-distance dispersals and the aim of this study is to gain insight into the mechanisms behind this diversity. Expand
Phylogeny and biogeography of the imperial pigeons (Aves: Columbidae) in the Pacific Ocean.
The phylogenetic pattern obtained with the extant Ducula species showed that the Eastern Polynesian endemics do not form a monophyletic group, with the Pacific Imperial Pigeon D. pacifica sister species with good support to thePolynesian Imperial P pigeon D. aurorae. Expand
Discovery of isolated dodo bones [Raphus cucullatus (L.), Aves, Columbiformes] from Mauritius cave shelters highlights human predation, with a comment on the status of the family Raphidae Wetmore, 1930
The discovery of isolated dodo bones in high perched shelters strongly suggests that the bird's extinction was intimately linked with human predation, and the familial status of the raphids is no longer valid in view of recent morphological and molecular phylogenetic analyses. Expand
The flight of the Passenger Pigeon: phylogenetics and biogeographic history of an extinct species.
It is shown that the Passenger Pigeon is not related to the New World mourning doves (Zenaida) as many authors have suggested, but is the sister taxon of all other New World pigeons (Patagioenas). Expand
The history of the Dodo Raphus cucullatus and the penguin of Mauritius
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. Expand
Bone histology sheds new light on the ecology of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus, Aves, Columbiformes)
It is proposed that the dodo bred around August and that the rapid growth of the chicks enabled them to reach a robust size before the austral summer or cyclone season and molt began in the adults that had just bred. Expand
Primates of the Caribbean: using historical-era introduction of monkeys in the Lesser Antilles to understand patterns of island evolution
Across the world, islands were and still are inhabited by unique species, often restricted to their own island and found nowhere else. After their ancestors managed to reach an island from a mainlandExpand


Pigeons and doves : a guide to the pigeons and doves of the world
This volume is dedicated to the field identification of pigeons and doves, and it incorporates much recent information on the family. Pigeons and doves are a large family of birds occurringExpand
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