| 2005 | | Klappenbroschur, F:19x23,4 cm, 171 S, Farbfotos, Karten, Illustrationen. | WG: Buch | | It took less than a hundred years of human influence in Mauritius to wipe out the Dodo. The delicate balance of nature was suddenly tipped and became a threat to the survival of the Dodo, which had reigned supreme on this island for thousands of years. For nearly two hundred years after its extinction, the Dodo was forgotten, and there were some doubts as to whether it actually lived at all. It seemed that these strangebirds had only been part of the imagination and exaggeration of sailors. Today, the once remote island of Mauritius is home top over a million people of European, African, Indian and Chinese origin. It can boast of being one of the most stable democratic countries in the world and it is host to thousands of tourists who find shops full of Dodos in many forms, shapes and sizes. Yet, there is an unfortunate lack of information about this island's unique national icon. This book allows the reader to examine various eyewitness writings, drawings, paintings and skeletal remains, which depict the Dodo as it actually was, and helps us to understand how it was driven to extinction. It also traces what happened after the final demise of the bird, and how worldwide evidence was pieced together to provide a reasonable idea of how the Dodo lived and died. Contents: Preface, 1. Mauritius, island of the Dodo, 2, Early accounts
3. The last years of the dodo, 4. Digging for clues, 5. Dispatching live dodos, 6. The muse of artists, 7. What was the Dodo really like?
8. The Dodo in its habitat, 9. Uncovering Dodo mysteries, 10. To which family did the Dodo belong? 11. The other Dodos, 12. The fictional Dodo, 13. The iconic Dodo, Epilogue
Appendix A, Appendix B, Bibliography, Photography and Illustration Credits, Index. | [E] | |