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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...

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...

2006-01-08 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...

2005-12-24 12:35:00

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A mass grave of dodos, the famous flightless bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity, has been uncovered in Mauritius, scientists said. The rare find will enable researchers to discover more about what happened to the bird, native to the Indian Ocean Island, which became extinct in the late 17th century. Scientists from the Dutch Natural History Museum in Leiden said the remains were at least 2,000 years old. "This new find will allow for the first scientific...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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