Professor Onslow brings you this one-of-a-kind treasure , a genuine feather from the long-dead Dodo Bird of Mauritius Island! First discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1589 when they landed on Mauritius to restock with water and food. The name "dodo" is said by some to derive from the Portuguese word for "stupid"; others believe it is from the Dutch sailors' sound when they tasted the meat of the bird. "Dodoue" is apparently the Dutch word for, "by God, that thing tastes ghastly!" Because the birds had never seen men before, they were not inclined to run from the sailors who, having no use for the bird in the pot, made sport of clubbing the 40-pound pigeons for entertainment. Dodos lived in swamps, and waded to obtain fish and shellfish uponwhich they fed. Though several were brought to Europe for display, the partial remains of only two specimens survived for later generations to study. They were last seen alive in the wild in 1662 by Volkert Evertsz.
With the help of his colleague, the inimitable Mr Herbert George Wells , Prof. Onslow has traveled back to 1590 to obtain this rare, irreplaceable and highly valuable prize.
Genuine Dodo Bird Feather
Raphus cuculatus ( Linn. 1758 )
Coll. by: Prof. R. Onslow, MA, FZS, FRS, &c.,
professor of zoölogy at the British Museum (NH)
Locality: Mauritius Isl.