The Dodo: The Bird That Drew the Short Straw
The author has analysed and compared 17th century paintings and engravings for the past 25 years in an attempt to reconstruct an accurate portrait of the dodo.
- ISBN: 9789072736260
- Author(s): Jan den Hengst
- Stock Code: 2736260
- Format: Hardback
- Illustrations: Colour illustrations, Black & white illustrations
- Pages: 120
- Published: 2003
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The story of the Dodo is a classic of evolution and extinction to equal, in fascination, that of the dinosaur or the sabre toothed tiger. Unlike these, the Dodo was the first recorded example of extinction, in all probability, entirely caused by humans. Humankind coexisted with the Dodo between 1598 and 1681, and then the Dodo was gone, hunted to extinction, unable to escape the new predators that arrived in ships on their isolated island later known as Mauritius. Explores the science, mythology, history, archaeology, and legend, along with the Dodo's place in art and literature.
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The Mascarene island, Mauritius, Reunion and Rodrigues, were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles. Amazing forms such as giant tortoises, burrowing boas, flightless owls and herons, giant parrots and of course, the Dodo dominated the landscape. This is a comprehensive account of the islands ecology. Looks in detail at each extinct vertebrate species. A definitive account of this tragic yet remarkable fauna. Colour plates, 494pp. 2008