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Many spectacular island terrestrial vertebrates have disappeared over the past few centuries – a minutia in terms of geological time – yet the pitiful epitaphs of these vanished species comprise frequently just a few bones and a handful of inadequate historical accounts. Prior to the discovery of sufficient skeletal material, Strickland & Melville in 1848 [...]
Mauritius is best known for its sunny climate and idyllic beaches, but it was once home to a variety of endemic plants and animals. The most famous was the Dodo Raphus cucullatus, and this bird has become a true icon of extinction. The island has now lost almost its entire fauna, and only about 1% [...]