The dodo was not so slim: leg dimensions and scaling to body mass

@article{Louchart2011TheDW,
  title={The dodo was not so slim: leg dimensions and scaling to body mass},
  author={Antoine Louchart and C{\'e}cile Mourer-Chauvir{\'e}},
  journal={Naturwissenschaften},
  year={2011},
  volume={98},
  pages={357-358}
}
Recently Angst et al. (2011) proposed a new mean bodymass estimate for the dodo (Raphus cucullatus), ofMauritius Island, 10.2 kg, which is at the lower end ofprevious estimated intervals such as Kitchener's (1993). Wequestion both their methods and results and propose arevised estimated interval.Angst et al. (2011) used the lengths of the hindlimb threelong bones and regression equations, based on a sample ofliving birds, between these lengths and body mass (Zefferet al. 2003). But contra Angst… 
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