STL Science Center

STL Science Center

17 August 2016

Famous Dodos

Dodos that were brought back to Europe and Asia this is less likely, but there are accounts of this having happened) often ended up being taxidermied when they died. Those animals then made their ways to museums and many of the exhibited dodos are still on display in the oldest museums. The dodo would be a famous animal even without these displays however. Part of the reason for that is that they are one of the first species that was accepted as being extinct after Georges Cuvier provided evidence that extinction was a possibility; until that time extinction was considered an impossible act of God. Today we know and accept that the dodo is extinct. We have used the dodo as a stupid character in many cartoons and literary references. The dodo has also come to be a symbol of awareness for extinction and animal rights stories. The Dodo (proper name) is an internet repository of animal interest stories, videos, and blogs about animals in the news and stories that raise awareness about the plight of animals; there are good stories stored there also. Here Raphus cucullatus is treated as a reminder that we need to be cognizant of how animals are influenced and influencing our lives. The name dodo has also appeared in music services, free giveaways, jewelry, electronics, and magazines. Raphus cucullatus is a very famous bird. We could write and compile the links everywhere for dodos, but I think we have done enough for today!

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