The Dodo; Extinction in Paradise
The story of the Dodo is a classic of evolution and extinction to equal, in fascination, that of the dinosaur or the sabre toothed tiger. Unlike these, the Dodo was the first recorded example of extinction, in all probability, entirely caused by humans. Humankind coexisted with the Dodo between 1598 and 1681, and then the Dodo was gone, hunted to extinction, unable to escape the new predators that arrived in ships on their isolated island later known as Mauritius. Explores the science, mythology, history, archaeology, and legend, along with the Dodo's place in art and literature.