A Dodo arrives at the Booth!

The Booth Museum of Natural History has acquired a new exhibit!

In January 2014 a complete skeleton of a Dodo arrived. Although it is a replica (no complete original skeleton exists) it is cast from real bones which originally were found on the island of Mauritius. The bones are not from a single bird but have all been chosen so that they are the right size to give the impression of a complete animal.

Dodo Skeleton at the Booth
Dodo Skeleton at the Booth

The Booth holds many real remains of Dodos, and some have been assembled into a partial skeleton, but now that we have a complete skeleton it is possible to see the whole bird and to imagine how it might have looked.

The Dodo was a large flightless bird – about 1 metre tall – which lived only on Mauritius, an isolated island off the east African coast. The island was a staging post for sailors for hundreds of years and because the Dodo was so easy to catch and eat, it became extinct in the late 17th century.

For more see the Dodoquest blog.

John Cooper, Keeper of Natural Sciences

3 Responses

  1. SilverTiger

    Congratulations on your new acquisition. Despite having grown up in Brighton, I visited the Booth Museum for the first time on May 25th 2013 (I wrote about it in my blog of that date) and found it fascinating. As a child, I frequently visited the animal sections in Brighton Museum, dragging my mother in there whenever we were nearby. Perhaps that’s why she never told me about the Booth!

    The story of the Dodo is a sad one and, beat our breast in contrition as we might, we cannot bring it back. I wish I could believe that no living species will follow it into extinction through our selfishness and neglect but, sadly, I cannot. The Dodo’s skeleton remains to prick our conscience, like the albatross hung about the neck of the Ancient Mariner.

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