Speculation, statistics, facts and the Dodo's extinction date

@article{Cheke2015SpeculationSF,
  title={Speculation, statistics, facts and the Dodo's extinction date},
  author={A. Cheke},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  year={2015},
  volume={27},
  pages={624 - 633}
}
  • A. Cheke
  • Published 2015
  • Biology
  • Historical Biology
  • Two recent papers claiming to offer reasons to support a late (1680s+) extinction date for the Dodo Raphus cucullatus base their arguments on information that does not in fact alter the biological and historical facts suggesting extinction on mainland Mauritius in the 1640s and on an offshore refuge in 1662. Recently accessible manuscripts indicating that the Dutch settlers in Mauritius saw no Dodos during 1664–1674 reinforce this view. 

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