The Dodo Extinct

1690 CEMauritius

“Amongst other birds . . . were those which men in the Indies call doddaerssen; they were larger than geese but not able to fly. Instead of wings they had small flaps; but they could run very fast . . . When we held one by the leg he let out a cry, others came running forward to help the prisoner, and were themselves caught.”

Volquard Iversen, last eyewitness account of the Dodo

David Quammen, The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions (New York, NY: Scribner, 1996), 273-274.

The Dodo<, courtesy of The National History Museum: UK.