The Dodo, a flightless relative of the pigeons and doves, once inhabited the island of Mauritius east of Madagascar before it became extinct near the end of the 17th century. The Dodo had tiny wings and its sternum – the attachment site for the strong wing muscles of flying birds – was correspondingly small. The massive birds could reach a body weight of more than 20 kilograms.


  • Title: Dodo
  • Location: Mauritius, Africa
  • Type: skeleton
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • weight: 20 kg
  • size: 60 cm
  • scientific name: Raphus cucullatus
  • geological Age: Holocene
  • age: 500 years

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