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There's an expedition off to Mauritius just now to investigate dodos, I discovered in the Metro this morning. (And thanks to ruudboy for providing me with the link after I'd stupidly thrown my Metro away.)

Who or what killed the Dodo? What role did the flightless pigeon play in the pristine Mauritian landscape, long before sailors set foot on the island? Dutch, British and local scientists shed light on these fascinating but still unsolved questions in a multidisciplinary field campaign from June 2nd to July 4th. In a joint effort geologists, palaeontologists, botanists, ancient DNA specialists and archaeologists systematically excavate undisturbed, not previously investigated layers at the world famous Dodo-site Mare aux Songes in the southeastern part of Mauritius. Following upon successful prospecting last year, the site is expected to yield a mass grave of Dodo bones and perfectly preserved remains of other animals and plants, representing a complete biome frozen in time, somewhere between 1000 and 3000 years ago.

They've got a blog, which I think I've syndicated at dodo_expedition. It hasn't managed to update itself yet, which is why I'm a bit confused. But, yay, we should be able to find out more about wonderful creatures like my namesake!

There's also a sale on at Oxford University Press again - lots of funky reference and textbooks here. Sale not technically open to the public yet, I don't think - sssh! I got an email because I've ordered there before. Their sales are brilliant. This time I've managed to spend less than £30, which is great, since last time I spent well over £100, I think... Pretty much everything is 75% off. I've ordered:

So You Think You're Human?
Psychoanalysis and the Scene of Reading
A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units
Oxford Dictionary of Musical Works
A Dictionary of Modern Design

Yes, I like dictionaries. I'm also about to order The Ultimate Alphabet since people were talking about it in my last post - it looks cool and I think I have vague memories of one of my friend having it when I was a kid, maybe.


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Jun. 15th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Squee, thanks, lots and lots of wonderful linguistics books! I'm going to order some when I get home. :-)
Jun. 15th, 2006 05:21 pm (UTC)
Dodos! I'd like to see what findings are published from that, thanks for the link, I'll keep an eye out for updates.
Jun. 16th, 2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
I had the Ultimate Alphabet as a kid, and it was AMAZING!!!!!!
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