The recent discovery of the remains of a dodo in the island of Mauritius has provided some more clues about the extinct
flightless bird. The skeleton has been nicknamed 'Fred' after the 65-year-old who found it. Though the remains were discovered in the beginning of
June in a cave, the discovery was announced only after the skeleton was fully recovered. The remains are likely to yield excellent class='UCASE'>dna and other vital clues, because they were found intact, in isolation, and in a cave, said Julian Hume, a palaeontologist at
Britain's Natural History Museum. Dodos were finished off by animals introduced by Europeans about 400 years ago.