The rare dodo skeleton is expected to bring more than half a kilogram of millions at auction
- The skeleton was grouped together with the bones of birds and various dodos
- They were mostly marshes by their nature around the 19th century
- It is currently in private hands will be auctioned next month
- The sampling is expected to bring between 400,000 to £ 600,000
The skeleton consists of a number of birds and his uncle is expected to bring up £ 600,000 ($ 778,000) at the upcoming Christy auction in London.
The specimen was taken between bones discovered in Mauritius in the early 19th century.
It will go up for sale next month with a number of other samples from around the world, including fossils of marine reptiles and extinct Ichthyosaurs.
The skeletons of his uncle from that bird are very rare, and only one uncle in the world has a head.
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The skeleton (pictured) consisting of the bones of various dodo birds is expected to bring up 600 pounds, 000 pounds at Christie's upcoming auction. The specimen was taken between the bones of various uncle birds discovered in Mauritius in the early 19th century
Dr. Julian Day, paleontologist of the British Birds, said: "More was written about the Dodo than on any other bird, a true symbol of extinction, but almost nothing is known about it in life.
"Apart from a few bones, a handful of historical illustrations are not enough, and about 300 years after her death, this symbolic bird continues to surprise and discuss."
The skeleton will be sold at Christie's Natural Science and Nature auction on May 24, along with T-Rex tooth, bird egg, meteorites, and the most swimy dinosaur fossils.
The bones are a mixture of fossils – remains embedded in rocks – buried bones that are not fossilized.
As a rule, they are expected to bring between £ 400,000 ($ 517,000) and £ 600,000 ($ 778,000) at auction.
Most parts of the skeleton come from discoveries made in the 1865 excavation of marshland in the southeast of Mauritius called Mare aux Songes.
It will go up for sale next month with a number of other samples from around the world, including fossils of marine reptiles and extinct Ichthyosaurs. Dudu skeletons from the same bird is extremely rare, and only one dodo specimen in the world has a whole head
Some of the bones were discovered by a naturalist and an amateur book named Louis Etienne Terriux, who spent a lot of time searching for the countryside of Mauritius.
Among his most important findings were the number of his uncle's bones.
The last known sight of the Dodo was in 1662 on Mauritius.
For the first time recorded by Dutch sailors on the island in 1598, the Dodo was a motionless bird, standing at a height of 3 meters (1 meter), a distant link of the pigeon family.
The arrival of human settlers to the Mauritius islands meant that their numbers were rapidly diminishing, as it was eaten by the new species that invaded its habitat – humans.
Today, the bones of the dodo are very rare, especially those that remain intact from the same animal.
The most famous dodo is the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and is the only one with a complete uncle's head in the world – all others are only skulls.
Many displayed in museums are replicas – like those found in the Natural History Museum of London.
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Little is known about the life of the Dodo, despite the infamous that comes with being one of the most famous species in the world and extinct in history.
The bird got its name from the Portuguese word for a fool after colonialists mocked the apparent fearlessness of human hunters.
The tall bird (1 meter) was deleted by the sailors and dogs, cats, pigs and monkeys who brought the island in the 17th century.
Since the species had lived in isolation for Mauritius for millions of years, the bird was fearless, and its inability to fly made easy prey.
Her last confirmed sight was 1662 after the first Dutch sailors recognized the species only 64 years earlier in 1598.
As it evolved without any predators, it has survived happily for centuries.
The arrival of human colonists in the islands made their number rapidly diminish, as it was eaten by the new species that invaded its habitat – humans.
The sailors and the settlers destroyed the obedient bird, and it moved from a successful animal that dealt with an environmental niche, without any predators who had died in a lifetime.
Other birds, like the Kakapo in New Zealand, also developed without fear, plumpness and slowness.
As humans spread around the world, they also decimated the population of these birds.
The kapo is now an endangered species.
The Dodo (left) now extinct after a 17th-century attack by hungry sailors destroyed the obedient, fearless bird population. The Kakapo (right) is a fearless, fearless bird, now struggling to survive and is in danger of extinction