Palaeobiology: Dutch diaries and the demise of the dodo

J. Hume, David Martill, Chris Dewdney

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    Roberts and Solow have presented theoretical data to suggest that the dodo, Raphus cucullatus, of Mauritius may have persisted until 1690, some 28 years beyond its accepted extinction date of 1662. Here we analyse new historical data derived from records of hunting caches, noted by Opperhoofd (Chief) Isaac Joan Lamotius, which confirm that specimens of R. cucullatus were collected regularly for at least 26 years beyond 1662. We calculate a new extinction date, which differs by only three years from that calculated by Roberts and Solow, but which, using a statistical treatment similar to theirs, greatly narrows the confidence interval.
    Original languageEnglish
    Issue number6992
    Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2004


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