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Dodo skeleton find in Mauritius

by {screen_name} | June 26, 2006
"The chances of a single (intact) bone being preserved [would be] a remarkable event; and here we have a whole collection of them."
- Dr Julian Hume, a research associate with London's Natural History Museum and a member of the largely Dutch-Mauritian team

"First, many of the bones are in-situ, which means that they are in original articulation. This includes the first dodo parts found in a marsh (a complete leg) and many extinct giant tortoise with beautifully preserved shells. The bone material is of exceptional quality and one may imagine that the animals died only recently."
- Dr Julian Hume, a research associate with London's Natural History Museum and a member of the largely Dutch-Mauritian team

Mauritius - Scientists say they have discovered part of the skeleton of a dodo, the large, flightless bird which became extinct more than 300 years ago.

One of the team in Mauritius said it was the first discovery of fully preserved bones which could give clues as to how the bird lived its life.

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