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.
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