A review of the dodo and its ecosystem : insights from a vertebrate concentration lagerstätte in Mauritius

Rijsdijk, Kenneth F., Hume, Julian P., De Louw, Perry G.B., Meijer, Hanneke J.M., Janoo, Anwar, De Boer, Erik J., Steel, Lorna, De Vos, John, Van Der Sluis, Laura G., Hooghiemstra, Henry, Florens, F.B. Vincent, Baider, Cláudia, Vernimmen, Tamara J.J., Baas, Pieter, Van Heteren, Anneke H., Rupear, Vikash, Beebeejaun, Gorah, Grihault, Alan, Van Der Plicht, J. Hans, Besselink, Marijke, Lubeek, Juliën K., Jansen, Max, Kluiving, Sjoerd J., Hollund, Hege, Shapiro, Beth, Collins, Matthew, Buckley, Mike, Jayasena, Ranjuth M., Porch, Nicolas, Floore, Rene, Bunnik, Frans, Biedlingmaier, Andrew, Leavitt, Jennifer, Monfette, Gregory, Kimelblatt, Anna, Randall, Adrienne, Floore, Pieter and Claessens, Leon P.A.M. 2015, A review of the dodo and its ecosystem : insights from a vertebrate concentration lagerstätte in Mauritius, Journal of vertebrate paleontology, vol. 35, no. Supplement 1, pp. 3-20, doi: 10.1080/02724634.2015.1113803.

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Title A review of the dodo and its ecosystem : insights from a vertebrate concentration lagerstätte in Mauritius
Author(s) Rijsdijk, Kenneth F.
Hume, Julian P.
De Louw, Perry G.B.
Meijer, Hanneke J.M.
Janoo, Anwar
De Boer, Erik J.
Steel, Lorna
De Vos, John
Van Der Sluis, Laura G.
Hooghiemstra, Henry
Florens, F.B. Vincent
Baider, Cláudia
Vernimmen, Tamara J.J.
Baas, Pieter
Van Heteren, Anneke H.
Rupear, Vikash
Beebeejaun, Gorah
Grihault, Alan
Van Der Plicht, J. Hans
Besselink, Marijke
Lubeek, Juliën K.
Jansen, Max
Kluiving, Sjoerd J.
Hollund, Hege
Shapiro, Beth
Collins, Matthew
Buckley, Mike
Jayasena, Ranjuth M.
Porch, NicolasORCID iD for Porch, Nicolas orcid.org/0000-0001-7179-3843
Floore, Rene
Bunnik, Frans
Biedlingmaier, Andrew
Leavitt, Jennifer
Monfette, Gregory
Kimelblatt, Anna
Randall, Adrienne
Floore, Pieter
Claessens, Leon P.A.M.
Journal name Journal of vertebrate paleontology
Volume number 35
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page 3
End page 20
Total pages 18
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 0272-4634
Summary The dodo Raphus cucullatus Linnaeus, 1758, an extinct and flightless, giant pigeon endemic to Mauritius, has fascinated people since its discovery, yet has remained surprisingly poorly known. Until the mid-19th century, almost all that was known about the dodo was based on illustrations and written accounts by 17th century mariners, often of questionable accuracy. Furthermore, only a few fragmentary remains of dodos collected prior to the bird's extinction exist. Our understanding of the dodo's anatomy was substantially enhanced by the discovery in 1865 of subfossil bones in a marsh called the Mare aux Songes, situated in southeastern Mauritius. However, no contextual information was recorded during early excavation efforts, and the majority of excavated material comprised larger dodo bones, almost all of which were unassociated. Here we present a modern interdisciplinary analysis of the Mare aux Songes, a 4200-year-old multitaxic vertebrate concentration Lagerstätte. Our analysis of the deposits at this site provides the first detailed overview of the ecosystem inhabited by the dodo. The interplay of climatic and geological conditions led to the exceptional preservation of the animal and associated plant remains at the Mare aux Songes and provides a window into the past ecosystem of Mauritius. This interdisciplinary research approach provides an ecological framework for the dodo, complementing insights on its anatomy derived from the only associated dodo skeletons known, both of which were collected by Etienne Thirioux and are the primary subject of this memoir.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02724634.2015.1113803
Field of Research 060207 Population Ecology
060806 Animal Physiological Ecology
060206 Palaeoecology
0403 Geology
0602 Ecology
0603 Evolutionary Biology
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Society of Veterbrate Paleontology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083234

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