The famed Oxford Dodo died after being shot in the back of his head following a seminal study by the Oxford University Natural History Museum and the WMG at the University of Warwick
With revolutionary forensic scanning technology and world-class expertise, researchers have discovered startling evidence that the Oxford Dodo was shot with a shotgun in the neck and back of the head.
The significant and unexpected results, made by Professor Paul Smith, director of the Museum of Natural History, and Professor Mark Williams of WMG at the University of Warwick only became apparent when mysterious particles were found in the sample during the scans performed to analyze the anatomy.
The subsequent analysis of the material and the size of the particles revealed that they are lead shot pellets (1
The Oxford Dodo, housed in the Oxford Museum of Natural History, represents the most complete remains of a dodo known as a living bird – head and foot – and the (19659003) researchers have shown this famous specimen was shot in the back of the head and neck and the shot did not penetrate his skull – which is now very clear
To carry out this research, the dodo remains were safe from Oxford to the state-of-the-art scanning lab transferred from Professor Williams to WMG, where he used CT scan technology and special 3D analysis software to analyze the bird's skull  Professor Williams and his team received unprecedented insight into the precious dodo remains by looking into the bird's skull and discovering important information about its anatomy.
The Oxford Dodo was originally introduced as part of the Tradescant Collection of specimens and specimens Artifacts that father and son John Tradescant collected in London in the 17th century, to the University of Oxford. CT scanning technology allowed researchers to see the famous object for the first time and reveal details without destroying or disassembling the remains.
Professor Paul Smith, director of Oxford's Natural History Museum, commented, "The Oxford Dodo is an important specimen of biology, and because of its links to Lewis Carroll, it is also of great cultural importance. The new findings reveal an unexpected one Part of the story of this specimen, as we thought the bird had come into the museum after being shown live in London. "
WMG researchers created detailed scans of the Dodo remains and created a 3D model of the bird , which was analyzed by the researchers in Oxford and confirmed the findings.
The results of three years of collaborative research provide ground-breaking new insights into this famous but mysterious creature that has been extinct since the mid-17th century  Dodos were endemic to the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The first European reports on the bird were made in 1601 by Dutch explorers after they had rediscovered the island in 1598. The last living bird was sighted in 1662 and the Dodo later became an icon of man-made extinction.
Professor Mark Williams, head of the "Product Evaluation Technologies and Metrology" research group at WMG, University of Warwick, commented, "When we were first asked to scan the dodo, we hoped to study and integrate his anatomy To throw new light on its existence In our wildest dreams, we never expected to find what we did.
"Although the results were shocking at first, it was exciting to have such an important part of the story in the life of the most famous extinct To reveal bird to the world. It just shows that if you do investigative research, you never know exactly what you will find. "
Dr Jay Warnett, Assistant Professor at WMG, commented," At its core, the technology is the same as that used in medical X-ray CT scanning. However, since we were not limited to the dose (because we scanned an inanimate object and not a person), we were able to achieve a much higher resolution.
"Because of this higher resolution – we go to a fraction of the size of a human hair – that meant we had a much larger data challenge."
Professor Mark Williams has used the same digital forensic techniques to provide crucial evidence in to deliver more than sixty major police trials and to conduct crucial automotive research.
He also used it to expose long-lost details of other historical and archaeological artifacts – providing answers that are only possible through the use of this breakthrough scanning technology at WMG.