The tragedy of the dodo highlights the potential effects mankind can have upon the environment, and the ease with which humanity can disrupt the delicate balance of an ecosystem by eradicating whole species. As one of the earliest examples of modern ecovandalism, the impact of the Portuguese sailors on Mauritius not only wiped out the famous dodo, but further disrupted nature in unexpected ways.
The Mauritian "calvaria"tree, soon after the dodo bird became extinct, stopped sprounting seeds, and it appeared it would soon face extinction itself. While it was not initially apparent, the calvaria would only sprout seeds after having been eaten and digested by the dodo bird. Some scientists disagree on the connection between dodo and calvaria, but others believe that the dodo played an integral part in the spreading of calvaria seeds. Turkeys have been given seeds to digest, and it is believed they can perform a similar role.
This story serves to highlight the dangerous implications of animal extinction, and why humanity must work to safeguard the environment and nature. The bio-diversity of our world must be protected, both for current and future generations. The dodo was such a unique species of bird, that some three centuries later, it is still remembered as a symbol of the harm mankind can bring to the environment. As the memory of the dodo and the legacy of ecovandalism lives on, we must not forget to take heed of such a warning - particularly as more and more species are brought to the point of extinction.
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