Archive for June, 2006

Dodo Bird by Ake Lianga

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Dronte by Lorenz Oken

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Dronte

Dronte (Raphus cucullatus), Walgvogel (Didus ineptus), by Lorenz Oken, from Arbeiten über Lorenz Oken. BTW, Peter Bertau – Arbeiten über Lorenz Oken looks a great site for those that have any interest in ornithology.

Dodo Bird Pen

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Dodo Bird Pen

Dodo Bird Pen: adorable, dodo bird desk pen in 3 designs; polka “dot”, “daisy” may and “heart” throb. movable, weighted foot base for “silly posing”. By Xonex.

Dodo Jewelry

Friday, June 30th, 2006

Cute Dodo bird ornament statues found on eBay:

Blue turquoise dodo bird

Blue lapis lazuli dodo bird

Sparkling brown stone dodo bird

Dodo quartz

New Democratic Party Seal

Friday, June 30th, 2006

New Democratic Party Seal

Democratic Party Dodo Seal – New Democratic Party Seal. I think that’s funnier for Americans.

Ambulocetus vs. Dodo

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

Ambulocetus vs. Dodo

Ambulocetus vs. Dodo by ursulav. Don’t forget to read her comments about the drawing.

Dodo Money

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

This page has pretty nice collection of scanned images of bank notes of Mauritius, aka, dodo money. And where are the dodos on those notes? They are in the Coat of arms of Mauritius, that appear in some notes, and, they also appear a watermark in the new notes (or I’m hallucinating with all those dodos). Here are nine samples bank notes images:

5 Rupees (1930)

25 Cents (1940)

5 Rupees (1967)

10 Rupees (1967)

20 Rupees (1985)

200 Rupees (2001)

50 Rupees (2003)

50 Rupees (2003) - back

5 Rupees (1954)

The Last Dodo

Thursday, June 29th, 2006

The Last Dodo

The Last Dodo, oil in canvas (2005) by Steven Kenny. (Thanks David Kleeman!)

Raphus cucullatus

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

ADW: Raphus cucullatus

For those that loved some “technical information” here are the dodo “specifications” from the Animal Diversity Web: Raphus cucullatus, A.K.A dodo, by Brittany S. Brown.

Behavior

The sailors who landed on Mauritius found much amusement in watching the clumsy dodo’s behavior. There is a story one told of watching a dodo attempt to escape in a hurry. When it tried to run away, (wobble may be a more accurate term), its belly would drag on the ground and slow him down. But for the most part, the dodo is described as a lazy, rather dumb animal. It had virtually no defenses against predators, except for its large beak which could deliever a “fearsome bite” if the occasion arose, such as a threat to itself or its young. (Fuller, 1987; Strickland and Melville, 1848)

Bones will reveal life of dodo

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Mauritius dodo model

After the news by journalists, the news by specialists, not so much different from the others, from the Natural History Museum: Bones will reveal life of dodo:

The new finds will help to piece together the environment the dodo lived in and will help us understand more about how it become extinct.

Scientists hope to find the first complete articulated skeleton of an individual dodo. This will help reveal how the dodo moved around, whether they walked with a waddle or hopped with a skip.

Terracota dodo

That’s probably not so big news to make you go to the site, so here it is more arguments: images of the dodo in their Picture Library, Dodo model at the birds gallery, and, as they suggest “Take a Dodo architectural tour. The last one was my favourite part. It doesn’t have many texts, however there are two short and amusing videos: The Dodo’s changing image, with an analysis of “Dodo expert Julian Hume” about the famous painting by Roelandt Savery, and The Dodo – The merging of myth and reality a great interview with Julian Hume made in 2003.

Dodo by Roelandt Savery