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Featured on the homepage is a 3D model of a nearly 170-year-old cast of the mummified head of the Oxford dodo, the only existing mummified head of a dodo in the world. This plaster cast was acquired by the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in the late 19th century. The specimen was scanned and displayed with permission from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.


Over the past two years, the Aves 3D team has been scanning rare new material from the dodo, including newly excavated fossil remains and unique museum specimens that have not been studied before. We are conducting our studies with our colleagues from the Dodo Research Programme, an international team of researchers who are investigating every possible aspect of the life history and environment of this iconic, yet poorly known extinct bird. We are currently working on a variety of dodo related research projects, including a study on dodo locomotion (the dodomotion project) and a new, fully 3-D description of dodo anatomy that includes parts of the dodo skeleton which were previously unknown to science. There are several exciting papers in the pipeline, and we'll upload all our new dodo scans to Aves 3D once the work goes public. A few skeletal elements from our recent excavations can already be found online. Have fun browsing the site!

Leon Claessens and the Aves 3D team.


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Pezophaps solitaria (Rodrigues solitaire)
Right Tarsometatarsus (Right Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
†Raphus cucullatus (†Dodo)
Left Tarsometatarsus (Left Fused Element Consisting of Ankle and Middle Foot Bones)
†Raphus cucullatus (†Dodo)
Right Femur (Right Femur)

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Eudyptes crestatus (Western Rockhopper Penguin)
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Cranium (Skull)
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Cranium (Skull)
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