A Dodo at OxfordA Dodo at Oxford

A parody of the pseudo-book, A bird considered being a faithful and true record of the unique observacions of that curious and exceeding rare bird of the tropics, the dodo.

Author: Philip Atkins

Publisher: Oxgarth

ISBN: 0953443825


Page: 160

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A parody of the pseudo-book, A bird considered being a faithful and true record of the unique observacions of that curious and exceeding rare bird of the tropics, the dodo.

The Dodo and the SolitaireThe Dodo and the Solitaire

Besides the more famous Tradescant specimen there were a number of other dodo relics in Oxford. Little is known about them. The Crosfield Dodo In his diary, ...

Author: Jolyon C. Parish

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253000996


Page: 406

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The Dodo and the Solitaire is the most comprehensive book to date about these two famously extinct birds. It contains all the known contemporary accounts and illustrations of the dodo and solitaire, covering their history after extinction and discussing their ecology, classification, phylogenetic placement, and evolution. Both birds were large and flightless and lived on inhabited islands some 500 miles east of Madagascar. The first recorded descriptions of the dodo were provided by Dutch sailors who first encountered them in 1598—within 100 years, the dodo was extinct. So quickly did the bird disappear that there is insufficient evidence to form an entirely accurate picture of its appearance and ecology, and the absence has led to much speculation. The story of the dodo, like that of the solitaire, has been pieced together from fragments, both literary and physical, that have been carefully compiled and examined in this extraordinary volume.

Bring Back the KingBring Back the King

Cooped up in a crate for months on end, it must have been a miserable journey, but it's thought that the Oxford dodo survived and made it to London alive.

Author: Helen Pilcher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472912282


Page: 288

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If you could bring back just one animal from the past, what would you choose? It can be anyone or anything from history, from the King of the Dinosaurs, T. rex, to the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, and beyond. De-extinction – the ability to bring extinct species back to life – is fast becoming reality. Around the globe, scientists are trying to de-extinct all manner of animals, including the woolly mammoth, the passenger pigeon and a bizarre species of flatulent frog. But de-extinction is more than just bringing back the dead. It's a science that can be used to save species, shape evolution and sculpt the future of life on our planet. In Bring Back the King, scientist and comedy writer Helen Pilcher goes on a quest to identify the perfect de-extinction candidate. Along the way, she asks if Elvis could be recreated from the DNA inside a pickled wart, investigates whether it's possible to raise a pet dodo, and considers the odds of a 21st century Neanderthal turning heads on public transport. Pondering the practicalities and the point of de-extinction, Bring Back the King is a witty and wry exploration of what is bound to become one of the hottest topics in conservation – if not in science as a whole – in the years to come. READ THIS BOOK – the King commands it.

The Dodo and Its KindredThe Dodo and Its Kindred

Or, The History, Affinities, and Osteology of the Dodo, Solitaire, and Other Extinct Birds of ... the munificent founder of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford .

Author: Hugh Edwin Strickland


ISBN: BL:A0019953493


Page: 141

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This volume by Strickland, an English ornithologist, and Mitchell, a physician, reconstructs the habits of the extinct dodo and related birds.. Since physical remains were so few, they also relied on contemporary paintings by artists such as Roelandt Savery, many of which are reproduced in this book.

Dead as a DodoDead as a Dodo

advantage of everything at Oxford, to sip from every goblet. Surely at this ancient university a person should be allowed to wallow in Elizabethan Prose and ...

Author: Jane Langton

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781453247655


Page: 344

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Visiting Oxford, the Harvard professor/sleuth gets a crash course in Darwin’s survival of the fittest in a high-spirited whodunit that’s “vintage Langton” (Booklist). William Dubchick is too keen a student of the writings of Charles Darwin to not see that the world of biology has evolved past him. Decades ago, he was the foremost mind in Oxford University’s department of natural sciences, but as the field’s focus narrowed to the microscopic level he became nothing more than a gray-haired, cantankerous relic. He has a small fiefdom, manned by Helen Farfrae, a committed disciple who, Dubchick is annoyed to learn, someone is trying to kill. It is into this world that Homer Kelly, Emersonian scholar and part-time sleuth, comes to spend a semester lecturing. Though expecting a vacation, he finds Oxford to be a swamp of theft, fraud, and murder. Besides the attempts on Farfrae’s life, he must reckon with a murdered priest, the theft of a dodo’s portrait, and suspicious claims that long-lost Darwinian artifacts have been found. With an academic climate like this, it’s amazing that any of the Oxford dons live to see tenure.

Lost Land of the DodoLost Land of the Dodo

However the Oxford English Dictionary has references from 1904 and 1935, and we have found one from 1937 which may originate earlier.

Author: Anthony Cheke

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781408133057


Page: 480

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The Mascarene islands in the southern Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues - were once home to an extraordinary range of birds and reptiles. Evolving on these isolated volcanic islands in the absence of mammalian predators or competitors, the land was dominated by giant tortoises, parrots, skinks and geckos, burrowing boas, flightless rails & herons, and of course (in Mauritius) the Dodo. Uninhabited and only discovered in the 1500s, colonisation by European settlers in the 1600s led to dramatic changes in the ecology of the islands; the birds and tortoises were slaughtered indiscriminately while introduced rats, cats, pigs and monkeys destroyed their eggs, the once-extensive forests logged, and invasive introduced plants from all over the tropics devastated the ecosystem. The now-familiar icon of extinction, the Dodo, was gone from Mauritius within 50 years of human settlement, and over the next 150 years many of the Mascarenes' other native vertebrates followed suit. The product of over 30 years research by Anthony Cheke, Lost Land of the Dodo provides a comprehensive yet hugely enjoyable account of the story of the islands' changing ecology, interspersed with human stories, the islands' biogeographical anomalies, and much else. Many French publications, old and new, especially for Réunion, are discussed and referenced in English for the first time. The book is richly illustrated with maps and contemporary illustrations of the animals and their environment, many of which have rarely been reprinted before. Illustrated box texts look in detail at each extinct vertebrate species, while Julian Hume's superb colour plates bring many of the extinct birds to life. Lost Land of the Dodo provides the definitive account of this tragic yet remarkable fauna, and is a must-read for anyone interested in islands, their ecology and the history of our relationship with the world around us.

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Pl . X. ( to face p . 225 ) .- Anne Hathaway's Cottage ( wife of Shakspear ) ; Arch of a Confessional ; Chepstow Castle . Pl . XI . ( to face p . 240 ) , Relics of the Dodo . - Photo 1. Skull of Dodo at Oxford ...

Author: Charles Ottley Groom Napier


ISBN: UCAL:B3261455


Page: 965

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Chambers s JournalChambers s Journal

Space will not permit us to enter the dodo's destroyer ; his immediate followers , the cat , into these discussions . ... It was first seen in 1598 — it was part of the head at Oxford . last noticed in 1679 ; and as Leguat , in 1693 ...



ISBN: SRLF:A0006228795



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Encyclopedia of IslandsEncyclopedia of Islands

This is certainly not the case with a dodo portrayal by Ustad Mansur from around ... core of the foot still reside in Oxford today, whereas all other dodo ...

Author: Rosemary G. Gillespie

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520256491


Page: 1074

View: 599

"An exceptionally concise and well-organized compilation of lucid accounts of the historical background and current research into all aspects of island science. Anyone with a serious interest in islands needs this tome close at hand."--Alex McBirney, author of "Volcanology and Igneous Petrology" "Scientific research on islands has greatly expanded our knowledge not only of insular biology, but also of the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape biodiversity throughout the world. This beautifully illustrated volume is a comprehensive compendium of all topics related to islands and the science conducted on them. It will be an invaluable resource not only to ecologists and evolutionary biologists, but also to anthropologists, historians, geologists, conservationists, and anyone else interested in the wonderful diversity of islands and their inhabitants."--Jonathan Losos, author of "Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles" ""Encyclopedia of Islands "is an excellent reference guide. I wish I'd had it onboard my vessel, the "Sorcerer II, " during our circumnavigation."--J. Craig Venter, President, J. Craig Venter Institute, and former Founder and Chair, The Institute for Genomic Research

Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to MiltonShaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton

revision: in 1832, when the monument was removed from the north aisle following a fire ... 72 See Nowak-Kemp and Hume, “Oxford Dodo, Part 2,” on the dodo's ...

Author: Patricia Phillippy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108502252



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Whether situated in churches or circulating in more flexible, mobile works - manuscript or printed texts, jewels or rosaries, personal bequests or antique 'rarities' - monuments were ubiquitous in post-Reformation England. In this period of religious change, the unsettled meanings of sacred sites and artifacts encouraged a new conception of remembrance and, with it, changed relationships between devotional and secular writings, arts, and identities. Beginning in the parish church, Shaping Remembrance from Shakespeare to Milton moves beyond that space to see remembrance as shaping dynamic systems within which early modern men and women experienced loss and recollection. Removing monuments from parochial or antiquarian concerns, this study re-imagines them as pervasively involved with other commemorative works, not least the writings of our most canonical authors. These far-reaching, flexible chapters combine three critical strands - religion, materiality, and gender - to describe the arts of remembrance as material and textual remains of living webs of connection in which creators and creations are mutually involved.

Report of the Annual MeetingReport of the Annual Meeting

The osteological evidences of the Dodo consist of the foot in the British Museum , the head and foot at Oxford , and a head lately discovered at Copenhagen ...

Author: British Association for the Advancement of Science. Meeting


ISBN: HARVARD:32044106372477



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Report of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of ScienceReport of the Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science

Mauritius was the birth - place of the Dodo , the first notice of which was ... one at the Hague , another at Berlin by Roland Savery , and one at Oxford by ...

Author: British Association for the Advancement of Science. Meeting


ISBN: PRNC:32101076796265



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The DodoThe Dodo

The Oxford Head Sometime around the year 1650 , a stuffed dodo arrived in the city of Oxford , England . No one knows how it got there or why .

Author: Errol Fuller

Publisher: Bunker Hill Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1593730020


Page: 48

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The story of the dodo is a classic of evolution and extinction equal in fascination to that of the dinosaur or the saber-toothed tiger. Unlike these, however, the dodo was the first recorded example of an extinction that was, in all probability, entirely caused by humans. Humankind coexisted with the dodo between 1598 and 1681 and then the dodo was gone, hunted to extinction, unable to escape the new predators that arrived in ships on the isolated island later known as Mauritius. The giant pigeon, for this was what the dodo was, evolved from ancestors that had populated the island millions of years before in the Pleistocene period, when Mauritius was far adrift of where it lies today. The pigeons colonized an island paradise abundant with food, free of any terrestrial mammalian predators. Over millions of years they lost their instinct for danger. They also lost the ability to fly, and grew bulky with sturdy running legs. For the 17th-century sailors who arrived and settled on the island, they were easy to kill and as tasty as the turtles the sailors also caught and ate. The sailors introduced domestic animals and rat as well, competitors for the dodos' habitat. So much about the dodo is unknown and will never be known, and yet, the dodo engenders much speculation.The Dodo: Extinction in Paradiseexplores the science and the mythology, the history, archaeology, and legend, as well as the dodo's place in art and literature.