The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History

  title={The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History},
  author={Jolyon C. Parish},
Acknowledgments Introduction: A Melancholy Visage Note on Translations Notes on the Text List of Abbreviations 1. Written Accounts of the Dodo 2. Written Accounts of the Rodrigues Solitaire 3. Contemporary Illustrations 4. Secondary Contemporary Sources and Miscellanea 5. Anatomical Evidences 6. The Natural History of the Dodo and the Solitaire 7. Afterword: Memories of Green Notes Bibliography Index 

Assembling the dodo in early modern natural history.

The case of the dodo shows that, far from there being a dramatic shift away from emblematics in the seventeenth century, the implicit symbolic roles attributed to exotic beasts by naturalists constructing them from scant information and specimens remained integral to natural history.

The Oxford Dodo. Part 1: the museum history of the Tradescant Dodo: ownership, displays and audience

The history of this specimen is reviewed, including the still unresolved question of how it came to Britain, and evidence is provided to show that it was stuffed but probably never mounted, and the changes of ownership, and its cataloguing and curation in the different museums are described.

“Come see my land”: Watching the Tropical Island Paradise Die in Poetry

This chapter offers a close reading of Olive Senior’s “Rejected Text for a Tourist Brochure,” where the poem’s lyrical I invites a lyrical you to visit the home island. By tracing a lineage from the

The German painter Carl Borromäus Andreas Ruthart (ca. 1630-1703) and some still unregistered images of the extinct dodo, Raphus cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Aves, Columbiformes)

Extinct in the seventeenth century, the famous dodo (Raphus cucullatus) remains almost unknown, and reliable historical accounts of its biology are rare. Neither are taxidermized specimens housed in

A famine in Surat in 1631 and Dodos on Mauritius: a long lost manuscript rediscovered

In 1887 Dutch archivist A. J. Servaas van Rooijen published a transcript of a hand-written copy of an anonymous missive or letter, dated 1631, about a horrific famine and epidemic in Surat, India,

The first endocast of the extinct dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and an anatomical comparison amongst close relatives (Aves, Columbiformes)

High-resolution X-ray computed tomography scanning is used to examine the endocranial morphology of the dodo and compare this virtual endocast to eight close relatives, finding enlarged olfactory bulbs are a shared characteristic of the Raphinae and posteriorly angled semicircular canals are particular to the dode compared with the other eight species sampled here.

Digital reconstruction of Rodrigues Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) (Aves: Columbidae) physical appearance based on early descriptive observation and other evidence

Digital reconstruction of Pezophaps solitaria based on early descriptions, contemporary and post-contemporary paintings, academic literature and images of mounted skeletons illustrate the use of an established approach to visualise the appearance of this bird just before human influence and extinction.

Digital reconstruction of Rodrigues Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria) (Aves: Columbidae) physical appearance based on early descriptive observation and other evidence

Digital simulation of photographic quality of males, females, juveniles and eggs of Pezophaps solitaria was obtained for the first time and can be suggested cryptic colouration might be part of an adaptive strategy for intraspecific competition.

The mysterious Spotted Green Pigeon and its relation to the Dodo and its kindred

The phylogenetic placement of the Spotted Green Pigeon indicates that the ancestors of both Caloenas and therefore Raphinae displayed and shared the following traits: ability of flight, semi-terrestrial habits and an affinity towards islands.

The Dutch East India Company and the Transport of Live Exotic Animals in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the Dutch East India Company (VOC) played an important role in the transport of live animals across the Indian Ocean and beyond. The ocean’s geological



The dodo and the tambalacoque tree: an obligate mutualism reconsidered.

It is likely that the tambalacoque evolved a thick, tough seed coat in response to consumption by its dispersers, but there is no evidence that the seeds require abrasion before they can germinate.

Rooting the Dodo Raphus cucullatus Linnaeus 1758 and the Solitaire Pezophaps solitaria Gmelin 1789 within the Ornithurae: a cladistic reappraisal

The dodo and the solitaire are monophyletic corroborating the status of Raphidae, and the Pteroclididae come out as a basal group to the strict columbiforms.

Flight of the dodo.

The evolutionary history of the dodo is very poorly understood. Like many avian island endemics, a high degree of morphological change associated with flightlessness and gigantism has obscured

A giant flightless pigeon gen. et sp. nov. and a new species of Ducula (Aves: Columbidae), from Quaternary deposits in Fiji

A new genus and species are erected for a giant flightless pigeon described from post‐cranial fossil bones from four Quaternary sites on Viti Levu, Fiji, in the South Pacific Lack of cranial material

An ecomorphological review of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus) and solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), flightless Columbiformes of the Mascarene Islands

This paper describes a morphological study of the dodo Raphus cucullatus and solitaire Pezophaps solitaria extinct, flightless Columbiformes of the Mascarene Islands, Indian Ocean—based on mensural

Phylogeny of the ankylosaurian dinosaurs (Ornithischia: Thyreophora)

Dedicated methods for coding continuous characters could be used in future to improve the resolution of ankylosaur phylogeny, particularly in order to explore the relationships within the poorly resolved nodosaurid clade.

Mitochondrial and Nuclear DNA Sequences Support a Cretaceous Origin of Columbiformes and a Dispersal-Driven Radiation in the Paleogene

Bayesian and maximum likelihood inferences of ancestral areas, accounting for phylogenetic uncertainty and divergence times, favor an ancient origin of Columbiformes in the Neotropical portion of what was then Gondwana.

Plant-Animal Mutualism: Coevolution with Dodo Leads to Near Extinction of Plant

An endemic sapotaceous tree Calvaria major found on the island of Mauritius is nearly extinct because its seeds apparently required passage through the digestive tract of the now-extinct dodo Raphus

The dodo and kindred birds : or, the extinct birds of the Mascarene Islands