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

@article{NowakKemp2017TheOD,
  title={The Oxford Dodo. Part 1: the museum history of the Tradescant Dodo: ownership, displays and audience},
  author={Małgosia Nowak-Kemp and Julian P. Hume},
  journal={Historical Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={29},
  pages={234 - 247}
}
Abstract The Dodo Raphus cucullatus, a giant flightless pigeon endemic to Mauritius, became extinct in the late seventeenth century, and so rapid was the birds’ disappearance, that by the beginning of the nineteenth century even its very existence was questioned. Only four specimens were then recorded in European museums, of which the most famous was the Tradescant or Oxford Dodo, now in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. It comprised the head and one foot, and unique soft tissue… 
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