Dutch scientists discover dodo bones

11th November 2008, Comments 0 comments

Fifty-four dodo bones have been discovered on the island of Mauritius.

11 November 2008

MAURITIUS - Scientists from the University of Leiden have discovered 54 dodo bones during an expedition to the island of Mauritius.

The finds include wing bones, toe bones and claws, which probably came from two distinct skeletons.

The scientists sifted through 65 bags full of fossil material dug up during an earlier expedition to Mauritius. They hope to be able one day to reconstruct a complete dodo skeleton.

The legendary flightless bird, which was unique to Mauritius, was hunted into extinction at the end of the 17th century.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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