The end of the fat dodo? A new mass estimate for Raphus cucullatus

  title={The end of the fat dodo? A new mass estimate for Raphus cucullatus},
  author={Delphine Angst and Eric Buffetaut and Anick Abourachid},
A new mass estimate for the dodo (Raphus cucullatus), based on the lengths of the femur, tibiotarsus and tarsometatarsus, is attempted. The obtained mean mass is 10.2 kg, which is less than previous estimates based on other methods, which ranged from 10.6 to 21.1 kg, and much lower than the 50 lbs reported by a seventeenth-century eyewitness. The new estimated mass, which is similar to that of a large wild turkey, seems more realistic than previous ones and supports the hypothesis that… 
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