From the ABC News Online Scientists on the hunt for how dodo died.:
Scientists in Mauritius have launched a project to discover why the giant dodo bird became extinct.
Most theories blame settlers who found the plump flightless bird on the Indian Ocean island in the 16th century and began to hunt it relentlessly.
In an attempt to provide a scientific answer, the Dodo Research Program plans to study fossils from a mass dodo grave unearthed in southern Mauritius last October and an adjacent site, using carbon dating techniques and DNA analysis.