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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...