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Re: Flight of the Dodo (and solitaire)



>Recent work by Dowsett-Lemaire suggests that the solitaire of Reunion was 
>apparently a flightless ibis closely related to the Sacred Ibis of 
>Africa.  Subfossil remains of the ibis are common on Reunion and dodo-like 
>remains quite absent, though early travellers who reported the "solitaire" 
>did not mention the ibis at all - suggesting that the two are identical.

The work was actually by Mourer-Chauviré, Bour & Ribes:

Mourer-Chauviré, C. & Moutou, F. 1987. Découverte d'une forme récemment
éteinte d'ibis endémique insulaire
de l'ile de la Réunion, Borbonibis latipes nov. gen. nov. sp. Comptes
Rendus de l'Academie des Sciences (Paris) 305, sér. 2:419-423.

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, R. & Ribes, S. 1995. Was the solitaire of
Réunion an ibis? Nature (London) 373(6515):568.

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, R. & Ribes, S. 1995. Position systématique du
Solitaire de la Réunion: nouvelle interprétation basée sur les restes
fossiles et les récits des anciens voyageurs. Comptes Rendus de l'Academie
des Sciences (Paris) 320, sér. 2a:1125-1131.

Mourer-Chauviré, C., Bour, R. & Ribes, S. 1996. The puzzle of the Réunion
Solitaire solved. Working Group on birds in the Madagascar Region.
Newsletter, 6(1):2-5.