The famous Oxford Dodo died after shooting at the back of his head, according to breakthrough research at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History and WMG at the University of Warwick.
Using revolutionary forensic scanning technology and world-class expertise, researchers have discovered surprising evidence that Oxford Dodo shot at the neck and back of the head with shotgun.
The significant and unexpected findings, made by Professor Paul Smith, director of the Natural History Museum and Professor Mark Williams from WMG at University of Warwick, became apparent only when mysterious particles were found in the sample during scans performed to analyze its anatomy.
Subsequent analysis of the material and the size of the particles showed that they are lead pellets, usually used to chase wild birds during the 1
The results doubt the popular theory that Oxford Dodo is the remains of a bird kept alive in a rowhouse in 17th century London.
Attended Oxford University Natural History Museum, Oxford Dodo represents the most complete remnant of a dodo gathered as a living bird-head and foot-and only surviving soft tissue anywhere in the world.
The researchers have shown that this famous test shot on the back of the head and neck, and that the shot did not penetrate the skull – which now appears to be very thick.
In order to carry out this survey, Dodo relays were transferred safely from Oxford to Professor William's latest WMG scanning laboratory using CT scanning technology and specialist 3D analysis software to analyze the bird's skull and create a three-dimensional digital replica of it.
Professor Williams and his team gained an unprecedented insight into the precious dodo mills, looking into the bird's skull and discovering important information about its anatomy, as well as how it lived and died.
Oxford Dodo originally came to Oxford University as part of the Tradescant Collection of copies and artifacts composed by father and son John Tradescant in London in the 18th century. CT scan technology enabled researchers to look into the famous test for the first time, reveal details without disturbing or removing the residues.
Professor Paul Smith, director of the Oxford University of Natural History, commented: "Oxford Dodo is an important biology, and because of its relationship with Lewis Carroll, it is also of great cultural importance. The new findings reveal an unexpected part of the story of this test we thought the bird had come to the museum after being shown as a living sample in London. "
The WMG researchers produced detailed scans of the dodo mill and created a 3D model of the bird that analyzed by Oxford researchers who were able to confirm the results.
The results of three years of collaborative research, these findings provide groundbreaking fresh knowledge of this famous but mysterious creature that has been extinct since the mid-17th century.  Dodos was endemic to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The first European bills of the bird were made by Dutch explorers in 1601, after they rediscovered the island in 1598. The last living bird was seen in 1662, and dodo has since become an icon of human eradication.
Professor Mark Williams, leader of the Product Evaluation Technologies and Metrology Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick, commented: "When we were asked to scan Dodo, we were hoping to study its anatomy and shed some light on how it existed "In our wildest dreams, we never expected to find what we did."
"Although the results were initially shocking, it was exciting to reveal such an important part of the story of life to the world's most famous extinct bird. It just shows that when doing research research, you never really know what to find. "
Dr Jay Warnett, Assistant Professor at WMG, commented:" The core is technology similar to that used in medical X-ray CT scanning. But because we were not limited by the dose (because we scanned a lifeless object rather than a person), it meant we could get a much higher resolution.
"Because of this higher resolution – goes down to a part of the size of a human hair – it meant we had a much larger computer challenge."
Professor Mark Williams has used the same digital forensics technician to provide important evidence in over sixty major police trials and making decisive
He has also used it to reveal lost details about other landmark-historical and archaeological artifacts. It provides answers that are only possible by using this groundbreaking scanning technique at WMG.