The Dodo was a mysterious creature and it has been extinct for quite some time now. Scientists have not been able to learn much about the animal. However cutting edge technology like the 3-D laser scanning technology is giving new insights about how the bird must have looked.
Study lead researcher Leon Claessens, associate professor at the College of the Holy Cross explains, “The 3-D laser surface scans we made of the fragile Thirioux dodo skeletons enable us to reconstruct how the dodo walked, moved and lived to a level of detail that has never been possible before. There are so many outstanding questions about the dodo bird that we can answer with this new knowledge.”
There is only one complete skeleton of a Dodo bird. The Dodo bird has been long extinct and is a flightless species common to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius. There could be other skeletons but most are a collection of bones which has been sourced from different specimens. The skeleton was discovered by amateur collector Etienne Thirioux in 1903, and hasn’t been studied by scientists until now. Today thanks to 3 D technology, scientists have been able to recreate the extinct Dodo bird.The research team presented the scans at the Society for Vertebrate Archaeology’s annual conference in Berlin.
A team of researchers at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts recreated first-ever 3-D images of the of the long-extinct, flightless Dodo bird. The research team scanned the skeleton, creating a pair of virtual wings.
The 3 D scans are giving scientists a chance to know how the extinct bird looked, walked and behaved.
Leon Claessens, lead researcher on the project, told the International Business Times in a recent interview, “The 3D laser surface scans we made of the fragile Thirioux dodo skeleton enable us to reconstruct how the dodo walked, moved and lived to a level of detail that has never been possible before. There are so many outstanding questions about the dodo bird that we can answer with this new knowledge.”
A more thorough understanding of the bird’s bones will give researchers a better idea of how the muscle masses are arranged and so also about the bird’s musculoskeletal setup.