The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History

@inproceedings{Naish2014TheDA,
  title={The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History},
  author={Darren Naish},
  year={2014}
}
About 1690 (give or take a decade or two) the last specimen of that remarkable giant flightless pigeon known today as the Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, expired, and the species, endemic to Mauritius, was no more. About a century later (again, allow some considerable margin of error), a related species, the less-familiar Solitaire Pezophaps solitarius of Rodriguez, also met its end thanks to the efforts of our own species. The bizarre appearance, large size, and copious apocrypha and lore attached to… 
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