By Jolyon C. Parish
The Dodo and the Solitaire is the main accomplished e-book to this point approximately those famously extinct birds. It comprises the entire identified modern bills and illustrations of the dodo and solitaire, overlaying their heritage after extinction and discussing their ecology, type, phylogenetic placement, and evolution. either birds have been huge and flightless and lived on inhabited islands a few 500 miles east of Madagascar. the 1st recorded descriptions of the dodo have been supplied via Dutch sailors who first encountered them in 1598―within a hundred years, the dodo was once extinct. So speedy did the poultry disappear that there's inadequate facts to shape a completely exact photo of its visual appeal and ecology, and the absence has ended in a lot hypothesis. the tale of the dodo, like that of the solitaire, has been pieced jointly from fragments, either literary and actual, which were rigorously compiled and tested during this amazing volume.
"A hard work of affection. there's nice price in having all of this knowledge in a single, succinct package deal. This publication is the definitive paintings at the subject." ―Jeffrey D. Stilwell, Monash University
"…[A] superb, liberally illustrated ebook in quarto...not prone to be surpassed―of tragic sufferers of history." ―Svenska Dagbladet
"As an updated and finished evaluation of every little thing we all know in regards to the dodo and solitaire... this publication could be loved, and wanted, via a major readership. It merits excessive compliment indeed." ―Journal of Verterbrate Paleontology
"Parish is deliberately wary to not draw enterprise conclusions at the many debates in regards to the biology, body structure and historical past of the Dodo. He prefers to limit himself to countering arguments and debunking myths, frequently with no delivering a succinct substitute. whereas a resource of frustration to a reader conversant in digesting details in an 'introduction-supporting data-conclusion' layout, this may eventually end up one of many books maximum strengths. through refusing to wade into the debates, Parish has crafted a e-book that might firmly face up to obsolescence." ―thisviewoflife.com
"It’s miserable to think about that extinct species may be summed up in one book―but if it has to be so, it's going to certainly be a publication as marvelous as this one. The Dodo and the Solitaire is a big, good-looking e-book that gives as entire a checklist as is now attainable of those birds..." ―10,000 Birds
"Parish’s incredible, entire tome compares very favourably certainly with its illustrious predecessors […] For me, the original means Parish’s publication compares, contrasts, and focuses upon the ancient bills (translated into English while the originals have been in different languages) provides a energy to the dodo’s existence tale. it's as though the reader is witnessing initially hand this hapless, helpless bird’s interesting yet tragically short life […] The writer has spared no fee on format, illustrations or paper caliber. This booklet is something of attractiveness in its personal correct that no booklet may perhaps compete with […] this can be a remarkable, definitive therapy of the dodo and solitaire." ―Fortean Times
"Parish’s historic account on those enigmatic birds ranks... among the main entire works at the Mascarene birds and may stay so for a long time. when you've got any curiosity in normal history
... make sure you contemplate examining Parish’s concise quantity on essentially the most remarkable birds with essentially the most amazing stories." ―Priscum
"The tale of the dodo, like that of the solitaire, has been pieced jointly from fragments, either literary and actual, which have been conscientiously compiled and tested during this notable volume." ―Birdbooker Report
"Written in finished aspect, it's dense with an grand quantity of historical past, references, proof, maps, and illustrations." ―Library Journal
"This e-book is the simplest resource but on those such a lot commonly used of extinct creatures.... hugely recommended." ―Choice
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Extra resources for The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History (Life of the Past)
Hulsius’s version of the plate (Hulsius 1608). Boeck is based are not preserved (Keuning 1938–1951; Van Wissen 1995). Of the ships that visited Mauritius in 1598 only the journals of the Gelderland, the Utrecht, the Zeelandt, and the Vrieslandt are extant; that of the Amsterdam is lost. It is possible that the journal of the Amsterdam contained sketches of the dodo that were the originals for the published images in Het tweede Boeck and Clusius (1605). . bird, with little feathers over the body, the wings of the size of [those of] a teal, very fat, when plucked apparently very good, yet tough skinned; I have said of the size of a goose, larger than a swan.
Fuller (2002) thought that the fact that the dodo is shown near the shore might be of significance, although this is due to the artist’s imagination, and Schlegel (1858) considered the illustration to be much more natural and accurate than other dodo pictures of the period. Hachisuka noted that the sketch from Van Neck’s journal “may not be exceptionally well executed, but shows, nevertheless, two remarkable features, namely a closed beak and an egg-shaped body supported by long legs” and speculated, “This is doubtless the characteristic pose of the bird during the period between the summer and winter seasons.
1730 (Arturo Valledor de Lozoya, pers. , September 11, 2009). At least four artists painted the many illustrations. Oudemans (1917b) dated the two dodo images to possibly around 1710. The work probably belonged to Franz Stephan of Lorraine and thence passed into the Habsburg line. The dodo images themselves were rediscovered by Sebastian Killermann during Easter 1913 (Killermann 1915). The De Bry dodo is colored red with white wings and tail (Killermann 1915). 10. Dodos from the Florence Codex.
The Dodo and the Solitaire: A Natural History (Life of the Past) by Jolyon C. Parish