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"Extinct Dodo Mauritius Island habitat group"Image by Michael Rothman (visit gallery »)
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TitleExtinct Dodo Mauritius Island habitat group Contact
»Michael Rothman DescriptionThe Dodo, Raphus cucullatus, was likely extinct by the year 1693, barely five decades after the colonization of Mauritius Island by the Dutch. The illustration depicts a group of Dodos, circa 1500, in a lowland moist forest feeding upon the fruits of a Latania loddigessi palm. Over hunting, egg predation by introduced rats, and the destruction of the native forests likely caused the extinction of this large flightless pigeon. KeywordsDidus ineptus, Struthio cucullatus, Dronte de Maurice, Dront, Dodo das Maurícias, Columbiformes, Raphidae, Vallée de Ferney, Mare aux Songes, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll, Ustad Mansur Media Color Categories Historic, Nature, Science Subject(s) Animal, Birds, Paleontology, Ecosystem, Editorial, Institutional