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Flightless birds: when did the dodo become extinct?
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PMID:  14628039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The extinction of the dodo (Raphus cucullatus L.; Fig. 1) is commonly dated to the last confirmed sighting in 1662, reported by Volkert Evertsz on an islet off Mauritius. By this time, the dodo had become extremely rare - the previous sighting having been 24 years earlier - but the species probably persisted unseen beyond this date. Here we use a statistical method to establish the actual extinction time of the dodo as 1690, almost 30 years after its most recent sighting.
David L Roberts; Andrew R Solow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nature     Volume:  426     ISSN:  1476-4687     ISO Abbreviation:  Nature     Publication Date:  2003 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-11-20     Completed Date:  2003-12-08     Revised Date:  2004-06-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410462     Medline TA:  Nature     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245     Citation Subset:  IM    
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Birds / physiology*
Models, Biological*
Population Density
Statistical Distributions
Time Factors
Comment In:
Nature. 2004 Jun 10;429(6992):1 p following 621   [PMID:  15190921 ]
Nature. 2003 Nov 20;426(6964):235-6   [PMID:  14628029 ]

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