Unabated hunting by sailors and explorers were the main reason why the dodos went extinct.
Second—the western explorers and sailors didn’t come to the island of Mauritius alone.
They also brought foreign animals like rats, cats, dogs, pigs etc.
What caused the extinction of the dodo?
It’s commonly believed that the dodo went extinct because Dutch sailors ate the beast to extinction after finding that the bird was incredibly easy to catch due to the fact it had no fear of humans, (why it didn’t fear the creature many times its size is a mystery for another day).
When did the dodo bird go extinct?
Where did the dodo bird live?
The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) is an extinct flightless bird that was endemic to the island of Mauritius, east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. The dodo’s closest genetic relative was the also-extinct Rodrigues solitaire, the two forming the subfamily Raphinae of the family of pigeons and doves.
Are dodo birds still alive?
A shocking 26 per cent believed the Dodo to still exist, despite the last bird being spotted over 400 years ago. And though it’s known to have been extinct for 150 million years, 23 per cent said they believed the Brachiosaurus to still roam the Earth.
Are dodos smart?
New research finds that these extinct, flightless birds were likely as smart as modern pigeons, and had a better sense of smell. Dodos (Raphus cucullatus) had gone extinct by 1662, less than 100 years after their island home of Mauritius became a destination for Dutch explorers.
What is the most recent animal to go extinct?
The tiny vaquita porpoise will likely go extinct in the next few years, as less than 30 are left in the world. Discovered in 1958, the vaquita is the world’s rarest marine mammal and could go extinct any day, according to the World Wildlife Foundation.
Who killed the dodo birds?
The last dodo bird was killed in 1681. Although the tale of the dodo bird’s demise is well documented, no complete specimens of the bird were preserved; there are only fragments and sketches. The dodo bird is just one of the bird species driven to extinction on Mauritius.
Can we bring the Dodo back?
Researchers involved in the study say it is an emphatic ‘no’ when it comes to the possibility of ever being able to clone dinosaurs, but they do say that more recently extinct birds like the carrier pigeon and the dodo could be brought back due to the fact that they have such close living relatives.
Did dodo birds eat rocks?
Dodos liked to eat rocks, but that’s just the first course. They really ate fruit, nuts, seeds, bulbs, and roots. It has also been suggested that the dodo might have eaten crabs and shellfish, like their relatives the crowned pigeons. The rocks they ate help them digest.