only layed one egg at a time and the pigs, dogs
and monkeys introduced by man made quick work of
the dodo eggs also aiding to the animals destruction.
Scientists are to extract DNA from a dodo for the
first time, raising the prospect that the animal
whose name is synonymous with extinction could be
resurrected. British experts will recover fragments
of genetic material from a preserved head and foot
kept in Oxford University's Museum of Natural History.
The research will identify the closest living relative
and may pave the way to the recreation of the species.
Ecologists, however, have warned that bringing back
an animal resembling the dodo might persuade the
public that there is no longer any need to protect
endangered species, as any creatures wiped out by
man could be recreated.