It differed in other aspects, such as being more robust and shorter than the solitaire, having a larger skull and beak, a rounded skull roof , and smaller orbits. This in turn supports the hypothesis that the ancestors of those birds reached the Mascarene islands by island hopping from South Asia. Owen described the bones in Memoir on the Dodo in October , but erroneously based his reconstruction on the Edwards's Dodo painting by Savery, making it too squat and obese. Extinct Mauritian reptiles include the saddle-backed Mauritius giant tortoise , the domed Mauritius giant tortoise , the Mauritian giant skink , and the Round Island burrowing boa. London: Royal College of Physicians of London. The impact of the introduced animals on the dodo population, especially the pigs and macaques, is today considered more severe than that of hunting. The upper bill was nearly twice as long as the cranium, which was short compared to those of its closest pigeon relatives. Before humans arrived, Mauritius was entirely covered in forests, but very little remains of them today, because of deforestation.
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