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Of etymology of Raphus[edit]

There is a source of etymology of Raphus: "Sigismond Galenius ayant trouvé dans Hésychius le nom de ράφος , dont l'application n'étoit point déterminée, l'appropria de son bon plaisir à l'outarde; et depuis, MM. Moehring et Brisson l'ont appliqué au dronte, sans rendre compte des raisons qui les y ont engagés". de Buffon, Georges-Louis Leclerc "Histoire naturelle" // Œuvres complètes. — Paris: Rapet et Cie, 1818. — Vol. 9. — P. 259. (See: http://books.google.ru/books?id=sj9UAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA259&lpg=PA259&dq=Sigismond+Galenius+hesychius&source=bl&ots=ieLsNj_HtF&sig=vVvU4WOl-cPP1drv8lwniHqIe94&hl=ru&sa=X&ei=CFPNUbq6AuKn4gT28ICYCw&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=Sigismond%20Galenius%20hesychius&f=false) Ashmaker (talk) 05:17, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

  • What does it say? FunkMonk (talk) 05:22, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
    • Something like that: Sigismond Galenius met name ράφος with unclear definition in Hesychius's book and used it for bustard for his pleasure; later M.M. Moehring and Brisson applied this name to dodo with no explanation of any reasons. To get more exact translation ask your French lang. friends:)) Ashmaker (talk) 05:47, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
    • Thanks. Doesn't seem to give much more resolution than what's already in the article. It basically just says the reason for the name is unknown?FunkMonk (talk) 05:50, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
      • Scientists often invented sonorous and senseless names for animals and plants just for their pleasure, e.g. after ancient mythological characters. Ashmaker (talk) 06:04, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
      • In the article there are many infos about origin of many other "Dodo-words", but nothing of Genus name.Ashmaker (talk) 06:14, 26 July 2013 (UTC)
It says it is a reference to bustards. FunkMonk (talk) 14:20, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Mauritian rupee needing citation[edit]

It was added that the Dodo appears a sa watermark on the Mauritian rupee, which appears to be correct, but there is no source for it. Anyone able to find a citation? FunkMonk (talk) 05:54, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Edit request, 12 November 2013[edit]

Please change all instances of "Dodo" to lowercase "dodo," except of course for headings, titles, and where they begin sentences. Dodo is a regular, non-proper noun, and Wikipedia style indicates lowercase for regular nouns, even when they are the subject of the entry. Thank you.

Clevername75 (talk) 19:44, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

No. See the section on capitalisation above. FunkMonk (talk) 19:52, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Extinction of Dodo[edit]

I believe the Dutch settlers/invaders had much to do with Dodo extinction as they started using it to replace poultry as it's meat was considered highly exquisite. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 58.26.207.170 (talk) 17:33, 7 June 2014 (UTC)

Faulty statement @ Subfossil specimens[edit]

The statement "A barber named Louis Etienne Thirioux also found many dodo remains around 1900, which are now lost" [my emphasis] is utterly wrong. Thirioux in fact discovered the only complete skeleton of an individual bird, and his specimens are still on display in Mauritius. May be I'll edit it after dinner. Chhandama (talk) 11:23, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Not sure what happened there, but he found the only remains of a juvenile dodo, which are indeed now lost. FunkMonk (talk) 16:59, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Source never cited[edit]

Not sure if the reference to this listed source was dropped, but there is currently nothing referring to it: Kallio, H. (2004). The Dodo and Mauritius Island. England: Dewi Lewis Publishing. Gaff ταλκ 15:40, 14 December 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, removed it from the text, because the info I cited was pretty useless. And then one of course has to remove it from the reference list as well, argh, I hate this citation style... FunkMonk (talk) 15:43, 14 December 2014 (UTC)