Extinct: By the year 1690, and probably decades earlier.
Demise: Hunted for food by Europeans and lastly probably
the introduction of monkeys and hogs to the island.
The Glass Dodo beaks are scaled from accurate
studies of the collections at the Zoology Museum,
In the short period of time during which the Dodo
came into regular contact with man, a few records
and notes of its existence were made, both written
and pictorial form. And then it was gone, leaving behind
some scattered relics: skeletal remains that would be
retrieved from swamps some two centuries after the
bird’s demise, a stuffed specimen that was destroyed
long ago & a few other sundry fragments”
The Dodo originally evolved from Pigeons and by the
time the Europeans arrived “The beak had grown way
out of ordinary proportion, the head - along with the
body - had swollen to comparatively huge size, the
legs and feet had become remarkably sturdy, the
wings were diminished to a fraction of what might
be expected and the tail had virtually vanished or else
had assumed a peculiar decorative role”
The huge beak must have evolved from some purpose
but unfortunately we don’t know what that purpose
was. Probably it tore at large food items as they were
held steady by the powerful feet.”
The actual colour of the Dodo’s beak is very uncertain.
There are varying accounts and many drawings from
sources of varying reliability and few references to colour.
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