Archive for June, 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:
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)
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.
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.