Dead as a Dodo

The history from the first verifiable sighting of a Dodo in 1598 to its extinction in 1681 is very short.
Dodos lived exclusively on the islands of Mauritius and Réunion. They were related to the dove, but could attain the size of a turkey and weigh as much as 20 kilograms.
The name dodo is believed to come from the Portuguese word “doido”, which means something like foolish.
Today there is not even one complete dodo skeleton anywhere in the world. The NHM’s specimen was probably put together from the remains of several birds.
 
The skeleton (acquisition 1905) and the reconstruction (2011) are on display in Hall XXXI.

Foto © NHM Wien, Lois Lammerhuber