Dodo has become an icon

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11 May 2007, LEIDEN – The island of Mauritius was something of a paradise before the Dutch set foot on it 400 years ago. The dodo thrived on the island.

11 May 2007

LEIDEN – The island of Mauritius was something of a paradise before the Dutch set foot on it 400 years ago. The dodo thrived on the island.

150 years later the flightless bird was extinct. The dodo has become an international icon for species that have died out because of human activity.

Fifty dodo experts met in Leiden on Friday to share their still scarce information on the mysterious animal. Dutch scientists found leg and toe bones from a dodo, part of a hip bone, vertebrae and a beak in 2005.

"The fascination for the dodo stems from that fact that so few people saw the bird," says palaeontologist Anwar Janoo, the only Mauritian at the conference.

"Though there were many mentions of the animal in journals from ship captains at the time," adds John de Vos, a scientist at the Naturalis museum.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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