In the Darwin Museum will show the skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird

© Photo : CyberskyГосударственный Darwin Museum. Archive photoIn the Darwin Museum will show the skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird© Photo : Cybersky

The skeleton of the extinct Mauritius the Dodo would get from the vault of the state Darwin Museum for the first time in six years in honor of the 185th anniversary of writer Lewis Carroll, has made this bird one of the characters in the fairy tale «Alice in Wonderland», according to the portal of the mayor and government of Moscow.

«On December 19 at the State Darwin Museum will exhibit unique exhibit — the only Russian skeleton of a Dodo (Dodo) of the island of Mauritius. The last time a Dodo bird seen in nature, nearly three centuries ago. A rare specimen in their collections keep only about two dozen museums in the world. Among them, the Gallery of evolution in Paris, the natural history Museum in Vienna and British Museum», — stated in the material portal.

As told in the press service of the state Darwin Museum, the skeleton of a Dodo was brought to Russia in 1919, part of a collection he began in 1997. The last six years it has not been removed from the vault where he was in a special wooden box that protects the item from dust.

As noted, it is no coincidence that Lewis Carroll made a bird character in his tale. When the writer stuttered, he uttered his real name «To-Do-Dodgson», so jokingly called himself the Dodo. However, Dodo is a real Dodo once lived on the Islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues in the Indian ocean. The Mauritius Dodo was very strong beak and strong legs. The Dodo was well-fed, gullible, not able to fly and run fast. Therefore, in the XVII century they became easy prey for the sailors and brought people Pets. One hundred years after the first meeting with people, the birds were completely wiped out, and by the XIX century they were forgotten and even considered a myth.

It is reported that in addition to the skeleton of the extinct Dodo in the Museum will feature drawings of those who could see the Dodo. The exhibition includes copies of images of the Dodo from the log of the Dutch ship «Gelderland» (1602), drawings from the collection of the Prague of Emperor Rudolf II (1610), the most popular image of Dodo the British ornithologist George Edwards (1626), as well as the painting of Indian artist Mansur (about 1610-1625). To see these works and the Dodo skeleton will be on until 25 February.