A famous Dodo, who was said to have inspired the English writer Lewis Carroll when he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland died after a new head examination.
The Flightless Bird The Oxford Dodo, whose remains are the best known example of extinct species today, was hit with a shotgun in the back of its head and neck, the University of Warwick reported. The shot contained lead pellets in its tissue
"The shot did not penetrate his skull – which now turns out to be very thick," the university said.
His newly proposed violent death contradicts "the popular theory that Oxford Dodo is the remains of a bird kept alive in a 1
The lead shot pellets that the researchers found , are consistent with the type of weapons that were used during their era to hunt wild birds.
discovered them using a CT scan that allows them to look into the head of the Oxford Dodo without cutting it.
This bird has been living at the Natural History Museum of Oxford University for several centuries. It is the only soft tissue Dodo preparation that makes it significant both scientifically and culturally. The remains of the bird are a mummified head and a foot.
It was during his time at the museum that the creature was an inspired famous English author, the Alice in Wonderland character known as The Dodo writes.
"The Oxford Dodo is an important specimen for biology and because of its links to Lewis Carroll It is also of great cultural importance, "said Paul Smith, director of the Museum of Natural History at Oxford University. "The new finds show an unexpected part of the story of this specimen, as we thought the bird had come into the museum after being exhibited as a living specimen in London."
The Dodo has become a symbol of animal mortality, as well as an example of species that have wiped out people, and in a mocking manner as an example of things that have become obsolete. They disappeared towards the end of the 17th century – only a few decades after they were first discovered on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
In addition to the head and foot of the Oxford Museum, there are small remains and skeletons in some other museums.  "When we were first asked to scan the Dodo [Oxford]we hoped to study its anatomy and shed new light on its existence," said university researcher Mark Williams in the statement. "In our wildest dreams, we never expected to find what we did, and although the results were shocking at first, it was exciting to reveal such an important part of the story in the life of the most famous extinct bird in the world."