While the flightless dodo has long since died out—because humans ate the shit out of them—its memory lives on in our imagination. So much about the quirky birds—which were endemic only to the island of Mauritius—remains a mystery, but new research has finally provided some insights into the dodo’s reproductive habits…
At an auction held earlier today in the United Kingdom, a 95-percent-complete skeleton of an extinct dodo bird that was painstakingly assembled over the course of 40 years has sold to an unnamed private collector for a whopping $430,000.
The dodo has been extinct for about 350 years, and it’s entirely our fault—so why not own a memento of man’s destructive tendencies in the form of a three-foot tall bird skeleton.
More than three centuries after the last of its species walked on the isle of Mauritius, the skeleton of the dodo bird has been recreated using 3D scanning technology. The virtual model is enabling scientists to reconstruct how it walked, moved and lived to a level of detail that has never been possible before.
Well, "too dumb to live" might be an unfair characterization. But dodos are legendary for their complete lack of a survival instinct when it came to humans. Turns out humans weren't the only threat they just never quite understood.
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