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Dodo: From Extinction to Icon Hardcover – 7 Oct 2002

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins (7 Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007145721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007145720
  • Package Dimensions: 21.3 x 20.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Dodo is a strange word. And unlike most words it has a meaning that operates on two levels. first, of course, it means a bird of a certain kind, but second it symbolizes dead, gone, vanished, failed, extinct. The Dodo is one of the great icons of extinction. Only Tyrannosaurus rex or perhaps some of the sauropod dinosaurs can run it close. In the dutch language Dodo is an anagram of Dood - which means dead. In English the expression "as dead as a Dodo" is universal, something that even young children understand. Clearly, its widespread use owes much to its alliterate apppeal but also this usage has something to do with the bird's popularity and celebrity is due to the name. Dodo is so short, so repetitive, and so curiously catchy that once heard it is unlikely to be forgotten.

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The extinction of the Dodo from the shores of Mauritius followed closely on the arrival of Dutch and Portuguese sailors on the island in the 16th Century. Using a diverse number of sources, the author describes the behaviour and myths surrounding this unusual and iconic bird.

The first three chapters investigate the Dodo's natural history through the use of historical documents, illustrations, paintings, old drawings and literary sources. Its behaviour is examined in the quotes from 16 of the written reports by travellers to the island, and the anatomy of the Dodo is investigated from the bone records kept by anatomists and naturalists from the 16th to the 19th centuries.

The mythology surrounding the Dodo has grown ever since it became extinct. Lewis Carroll’s use of the Dodo in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland elevated the bird to iconic status and sparked a spate of Dodo characters in newspapers, adverts and cartoons. In chapter four, the author investigates how man incorporated the image of the Dodo into literature and the arts to become the powerful cultural icon that it is today. He then looks more closely at two other species: the Solitary Dodo, from the island of Rodrigues in the Indian Ocean and the White Dodo of the Réunion Island. Both are now extinct, but are thought to have been related to the Mauritian Dodo.

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For anyone interested in slaughtering our species (I don't mean literally), this book is excellent.
Informative yet not too scientifically detailed, "Extinction in Paradise" is an insight into how man has tragically changed the course of this earth. Such a unique animal in such a unique place, the Dodo would surely have still been a treasure for this earth, despite many people saying it has only recieved such a high status because of it's extinction.
This book also helps bring to an end the incorrect myth that the Dodo was a stupid and unintelligent bird. For those in the know about the Dodo, it is known that the unique evolution of the bird actually showed it to be a very intelligent bird, however this will introduce that fact to many people.
Highly recommended as an introduction to what is a very important issue.
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This excellent book deals with the life and times of the dodo leading to its final extinction.
Seperate chapters deal with history,natural history,evidence of existance and its "life" after extinction.
All this is accompanied by numerous sketches,paintings and drawings of skeletons and examples of tourist ware.
The text is first class covering all aspects of the dodo from fact to fiction including Alice in Wonderlands association with the bird.
There are seperate chapters on the Rodrigues Solitary and the mythical white dodo of Reunion Island.
A truely remarkable book.
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Errol has written a number of interesting books on rare and extinct animals. This one is excellent in that it is honest about the lack of reliable data on the birds and sets out to debunk the various myths that exist about them. Very well illustrated. Easy to read.
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i love them want one i think it would be so cool to have one as a pet they may be currently extinct but i still ahve hope.
this i a nice little book easy to read and fact filled. loads of great pics as well so worth the money
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Xmas present for my husband so until he reads it ,I can't say but looked ok to me when it arrived
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