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

Stanley A. Temple
Science
New Series, Vol. 197, No. 4306 (Aug. 26, 1977), pp. 885-886
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1744474
Page Count: 2
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Abstract

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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