In defence of the slim dodo: a reply to Louchart and Mourer-Chauviré

  title={In defence of the slim dodo: a reply to Louchart and Mourer-Chauvir{\'e}},
  author={D. Angst and E. Buffetaut and A. Abourachid},
  • D. Angst, E. Buffetaut, A. Abourachid
  • Published 2011
  • Biology
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Louchart and Mourer-Chauviré (2011) question our method of estimating the mean mass of the dodo by claiming that tibiotarsus and tarsometatarsus lengths cannot be used for such mass estimates “because different bird species of the same weight can show considerable differences in the lengths of these two bones”. This is indeed obvious from the graphs published by Zeffer et al. (2003), which we have used in our paper, but those graphs also show differences in femur length for the same body mass… CONTINUE READING


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