Palaeobiology: Dutch diaries and the demise of the dodo

  title={Palaeobiology: Dutch diaries and the demise of the dodo},
  author={Julian P. Hume and David M. Martill and Chris Dewdney},
Arising from: D. L. Roberts & A. R. Solow 426, 245 (2003).10.1038/426245aRoberts and Solow have presented theoretical data to suggest that the dodo, Raphus cucullatus, of Mauritius may have persisted until 1690, some 28 years beyond its accepted extinction date of 1662. Here we analyse new historical data derived from records of hunting caches, noted by Opperhoofd (Chief) Isaac Joan Lamotius, which confirm that specimens of R. cucullatus were collected regularly for at least 26 years beyond… 
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