04 July 2006

Dodosaurus rex

Interesting New York Times article on the life of perhaps the most famous extinct animal in the history of extinction: the dodo.

Why has the dodo lasted so long in the collective consciousness of humans?

Is it because the dodo is the first animal in modern history to go extinct at the hands of humans? Is it because we are just fascinated with something -- like dinosaurs -- that never existed in our lifetime? Is it because there is a dodo in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland?


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