Dodo Birds – A Misunderstood Extinction Story

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(Raphus cucullatus), Columbidae. Artwork by Kevin Lyles. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

Although they are extinct, dodo birds live on in many of our sayings and phrases. “Dead as a dodo,” “Gone the way of the dodo”, “dumb as a dodo bird,” and “the last of the dodos” are just a few. Most of us know very little about the bird whose name has come to symbolize something that is outdated, ineffective, and useless. In reality, the dodo bird was not the clumsy, bumbling, stupid animal that has been depicted in pop culture, most notably in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The dodo bird was the unfortunate victim of man’s environmental impact and has served as a case study for extinction.