Ornithology: Digging for dodo

  title={Ornithology: Digging for dodo},
  author={Henry Alfred Alford Nicholls},
  • H. Nicholls
  • Published 13 September 2006
  • Art, History
  • Nature
No one has seen a dodo in three and a half centuries, but that hasn't stopped the bizarre speculation about this extinct bird. Henry Nicholls investigates whether recent excavations in Mauritius could reveal the real creature.The Dodo todayThe dodo is famously extinct, but surprisingly little is known about when and how it met its end. And its appearance is famously familiar, as an ungainly creature that looks lucky to have lived at all. But revisionist dodo history is now being written, and… 
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