Interesting question Alana. I am not sure that there is a precise answer to your question. The dodo bird was endemic to an island in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius. This island is part of a chain of islands that formed from volcanic origin about 10 million years ago. Since the dodo was a flightless bird, this likely means that the dodo’s ancestors could fly and found their way to Mauritius less than 10 million years ago. On the island there must have been selection pressures that caused the evolution of the dodo as we know it today. The dodo went extinct in the mid to late 1600s. So, the bird probably was around for a few million years.
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