Great Auk bone found in Scotland

A bone from a Great Auk, an extinct penguin-looking bird known as Scotland’s Dodo, was found at the Kirk Ness site in Scotland. The bird was last seen in 1840.


Researchers found the upper arm bone of the flightless bird at the site of an early building. Radio carbon dating has shown that the bone dates back to the 5th – 7th century. The bird used to measure 1m in height, but just like the Dodo they weren’t used to predators and were hunted to extinction in the 19th century.

The bird had residence in a variety of places spanning from the United States to Spain and other part of Europe.



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