Familiar as a figure of speech is the dodo bird— but no one living ever saw one, until Prof. Homer Dill, of the University of Iowa Museum, set out to re-construct the strange bird for modern eyes. After a search of many years, in which he examined crumbling old manuscripts and gathered information and measurements, he has just completed a restoration of the dodo. The original dodo bird was a flightless pigeon larger than a turkey. It lived on the island of Mauritius, off the eastern coast of Africa, until it became extinct about 1681. It had an enormous bill, short legs covered with scales, and curly tail feathers as shown in picture at the right.

  1. Sean says: November 2, 201110:16 am

    I’m assuming that the mannequin in the rear is a reconstruction of the extinct Homer Dill.

  2. Mike says: November 2, 201110:39 am

    Nope… Chuck Testa.

  3. Stephen says: November 3, 20117:05 am

    More recent reconstructions are thinner. The dodos we are used to seeing in pictures (such as the one Tenniel drew for “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”) had been sitting around on ships for months with nothing to do but eat on the way back from Mauritius, so they had grown fat and lazy.

  4. Barry says: November 3, 20115:18 pm

    Yeah, I’ve seen many a dodo on cruise ships with exactly that problem…

  5. Darren says: November 3, 20115:31 pm

    Sean – LOL funniest comment I’ve seen in ages.

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