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Expiry dates

The dodo is most certainly dead. But when did the species finally disappear? A statistical approach allows estimation of the date, and could be applied to other extinctions, both past and present.

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Figure 1: Humans set about the fauna of Mauritius.

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Pimm, S. Expiry dates. Nature 426, 235–236 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/426235a

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