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2014-07-17 16:04:51

BioMed Central The mysterious spotted green pigeon (Caloenas maculata) was a relative of the dodo, according to scientists who have examined its genetic make-up. The authors say their results, published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, support a theory that both birds are descended from 'island hopping' ancestors. The only known example of the spotted green pigeon is the Liverpool pigeon, which is currently in the World Museum, Liverpool. The only other known...

Elephant Bird Egg, Dodo Femur Up For Auction
2013-03-28 18:21:48

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It isn´t something that anyone expects to find in an Easter Egg hunt this coming weekend, but a sub-fossilized egg from an extinct type of bird could reach a lofty price when it goes to auction. Christie´s Auction House in London is putting an egg of an extinct elephant bird up for auction. The egg, which is 309cm in length and 21cm in diameter, would be hard to confuse with the average chicken egg, as it is roughly...

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2011-01-26 11:21:31

Research could rescue fragile ecosystems and halt complex cascade events In an effort to better understand the dynamics of complex networks, scientists have developed a mathematical model to describe interactions within ecological food webs. This research, performed by Northwestern University physics professor Adilson Motter and his student, Sagar Sahasrabudhe, is published in the January 25 issue of Nature Communications. The work illustrates how human intervention may effectively aid...

2006-07-03 09:47:34

By Tim Cocks PORT LOUIS (Reuters) - Scientists who unearthed a mass dodo grave in Mauritius say they have found evidence showing the birds were killed by a natural disaster long before humans arrived on the Indian Ocean island. Most theories about how the dodo became extinct blame early settlers who found the plump flightless bird on the Indian Ocean island in the 16th century and hunted it relentlessly. "There are indications that the fossil-rich layer represents the result of...

2006-06-24 07:45:00

By Tim Cocks MARE-AUX-SONGES, Mauritius -- Scientists in Mauritius have said they have unearthed a wealth of dodo bones and other remains which could contain clues about how the giant bird became extinct. Most theories blame early settlers who found the plump flightless bird on the Indian Ocean island in the 16th century and hunted it relentlessly. A group of researchers this month excavated a site on a Mauritian sugar estate, where a layer of dodo bones were found last October. "It's a...

2006-06-07 12:33:36

By Tim Cocks PLAINE MAGNIEN, Mauritius (Reuters) - How did the dodo die out? Scientists in Mauritius launched a project on Wednesday to discover why the giant bird became extinct. Most theories blame settlers who found the plump flightless bird on the Indian Ocean island in the 16th century and began to hunt it relentlessly. In an attempt to provide a scientific answer, the Dodo Research Program plans to study fossils from a mass dodo grave unearthed in southern Mauritius last...

2006-02-03 00:05:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas -- The dodos came home to roost on Thursday in Kansas with the unveiling of a documentary film exploring the ongoing U.S. debate over how evolution should be taught to school children. A sold-out crowd of about 300 attended the screening in Overland Park, Kansas, of "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus." Mixing dancing dodos with discussions of embryonic research, politics and religion, the film examines the strengths and weaknesses...

2006-02-03 00:05:00

By Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The dodos came home to roost on Thursday in Kansas with the unveiling of a documentary film exploring the ongoing U.S. debate over how evolution should be taught to school children. A sold-out crowd of about 300 attended the screening in Overland Park, Kansas, of "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus." Mixing dancing dodos with discussions of embryonic research, politics and religion, the film examines the strengths and...

2006-01-08 09:30:00

By Nita Bhalla MARE-AUX-SONGES, Mauritius -- Hidden in the depths of sugarcane plantations, the marshlands of Mare-aux-Songes have been forgotten for centuries But the recent discovery of a mass grave of dodos, the extinct flightless bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity, has rekindled interest in learning how the bird lived, what it ate and its natural habitat. The rare find in southeast Mauritius by a Dutch-Mauritian team will enable researchers to discover more about the Indian...


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Reunion Ibis, Threskiornis solitarius
2014-04-18 10:20:27

Reunion Ibis or Reunion Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis solitarius) is an extinct species of ibis that was native to the volcanic island of Reunion located in the Indian Ocean. The first sub-fossil remains were found in 1974, and the ibis was initially scientifically described in 1987. The closest relatives are the Malagasy Sacred Ibis, the Straw-necked Ibis and the African Sacred Ibis. Some travelers accounts from the 17th and the 18th centuries described a white colored bird that flew with...

Red Rail, Aphanapteryx bonasia
2013-10-02 13:35:50

The Red Rail (Aphanapteryx bonasia) is an extinct and flightless rail. It was native to the Mascarene island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar within the Indian Ocean. It had a close relative on Rodrigues Island, the likewise extinct Rodrigues Rail, with which it’s sometimes considered congeneric. Its relationship with other rail isn’t clear. Rails frequently evolve flightlessness when adapting to isolated islands. It was slightly larger than a chicken and had reddish and hair-like...

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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