Science Graphic of the Week: 3-D Scanned Dodo

November 9, 2014 12:30 AM

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The dodo is the most well-known victim of human-caused extinction. And though our culture is rife with caricatures of the bird, for a long time we’ve had little idea how dodos actually looked and lived. Today, a team of scientists unveiled the first 3-D laser scan of the only two extant dodo bird skeletons.

This week’s science graphic comes from the scans, which were presented in Berlin at the Society for Vertebrate Archaeology‘s annual meeting. These 3-D scans, which were taken from the only two extant skeletons of the bird, gave researchers new insight into the species’ anatomy, physiology, and ecolo...

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