Flightless birds: When did the dodo become extinct?

  title={Flightless birds: When did the dodo become extinct?},
  author={David L. Roberts and A. Solow},
  • David L. Roberts, A. Solow
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine, Biology
  • Nature
  • The extinction of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus L.; Fig. 1) is commonly dated to the last confirmed sighting in 1662, reported by Volkert Evertsz on an islet off Mauritius. By this time, the dodo had become extremely rare — the previous sighting having been 24 years earlier — but the species probably persisted unseen beyond this date. Here we use a statistical method to establish the actual extinction time of the dodo as 1690, almost 30 years after its most recent sighting. 

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