Preface

@article{Claessens2015Preface,
  title={Preface},
  author={Leon P. A. M. Claessens and Hanneke J. M. Meijer and Julian P. Hume and Kenneth F. Rijsdijk},
  journal={Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology},
  year={2015},
  volume={35},
  pages={1 - 2}
}
One could look at the story of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) as a series of tragedies, a Shakespearean play that climaxes with an ecological disaster initiated by seafarers, and the invasive species they transported to the island of Mauritius more than 300 years ago. Yet, beyond the narrative of tragic events we also see opportunities, namely, a chance to increase our understanding of the life history of a unique flightless bird, an animal that has the dubious distinction of being a true icon of… 
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