Two Extinct Birds Seen Again

29 06 2007

Just in case you didn’t get your extinct bird fix from my giant-penguin post, there’s plenty more news to go around. Greg Laden tipped me off to a gorgeous photo of the Recurve-billed Bushbird (Clytoctantes alixii), a bird that was once thought to have gone extinct. According to the National Geographic article, this bird was thought to have died out in 1965, but reappeared in 2004, although it has been seen seldom since. I’ll have to consult my copy of Errol Fuller’s Extinct Birds for more when I get home.

Perhaps even more momentous is the recovery of Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) remains from a cave on Mauritius, perhaps good enough to yield some DNA for study. The skeleton was in relatively good condition, although it doesn’t appear that it will be mounted or put on display (the only known soft tissue remains were saved from destruction in one of the most famous tales of academic heroism, and now reside in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History). Unfortunately Yahoo!News is not well-known for its excellent reporters, so details are scant at best. It’s definitely be something to keep an eye on, though.


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30 06 2007
CMF

The real story in that whole smiling bird is that ( sure, Yahoo is a pandering bunch of ..Dodos…) the reserve it was located on was a Catholic conquest, and of course we can never know the truth when they are involved….you have to lick the Virgins…feet or s/th in order to get access, right? The Bushbird also might well be a news plant, because as we know, Bush is in the dodos ass when it comes to popularity and accesibilty as a president, so believe it or not , the Catholic cocks are using every opportunity ( especially in S.A. ) to get the word “Bush” in print;-)

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