The Dodo: from extinction to the fossil record

  title={The Dodo: from extinction to the fossil record},
  author={Julian P. Hume},
  journal={Geology Today},
  • J. Hume
  • Published 1 July 2012
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology Today
The dodo, Raphus cucullatus (Aves, Columbidae), has become one of the most famous birds in the world, a true icon of extinction. Known from a few contemporary illustrations and accounts, probably more has been written about it than any other species, yet we know practically nothing about the bird in life. Recent excavations on Mauritius are now revealing the ecology and habitat of this iconic bird, and providing new information as to why it was so vulnerable to human interference. 
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