Plant-Animal Mutualism: Coevolution with Dodo Leads to Near Extinction of Plant

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Science  26 Aug 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4306, pp. 885-886
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4306.885


An endemic sapotaceous tree Calvaria major found on the island of Mauritius is nearly extinct because its seeds apparently required passage through the digestive tract of the now-extinct dodo Raphus cucullatus to overcome persistent seed coat dormancy caused by a specially thickened endocarp.

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