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Aussie's Can No Longer Claim The Kiwi's Origins
2014-05-23 11:52:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Zealand’s iconic kiwi is not related to Australia’s emu, but instead is derived from the extinct Madagascan elephant bird, according to a new study in the journal Science. The study also concluded that both of these flightless birds were once able to take to the air. With the kiwi being about the size of a chicken and the Madagascan elephant bird standing around 6 to 9 feet tall – the two make for a bit of an evolutionary...

2009-06-18 17:00:22

One dad at the National Zoo in Washington -- a male rhea -- is learning that raising children gets easier as time goes on. The zoo's adult male rhea will be celebrating his second straight Father's Day with a brood of his own, having incubated and raised his charges once they were hatched, the zoo said in a news release Thursday. The four chicks, hatched May 8, are reaping the benefits of dad having a year of paternity under his wing. Zoo officials said he seemed unruffled about being a...

2008-09-11 18:01:43

Ostriches, emus, kiwis and other winged non-flyers might seem to be birds of a feather, sharing similar evolutionary origins, but the story could turn out to be much weirder, with perhaps numerous flying ancestors. This group of birds, called ratites, has been viewed by biologists as part of a larger group (paleognaths) of mostly extinct birds that are key to understanding the early evolution of birds. All living ratites are found in the Southern Hemisphere and share features associated...

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2006-03-24 06:45:00

INNISFAIL, Australia -- Since Cyclone Larry hit early Monday, Joey the wallaby hasn't been seen. And the whereabouts of nearly 50 other kangaroos and related species at Margaret Tabone's crocodile farm are unknown. "We can't find them yet - hopefully they're going to be somewhere and hopefully they're going to be alive," Tabone said Thursday. Tabone, 64, reared the small kangaroo-like creature on her farm since Joey was just a hairless baby, after the wallaby's mother died. Even the...


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2006-10-19 13:20:44

Cassowaries, Casuarius, are very large flightless birds native to the tropical forests of New Guinea and northeastern Australia. Cassowaries are part of the ratite group of birds that include the emu, rhea, ostrich, moa, and kiwi. There are three species of Cassowary recognized today: The Southern Cassowary of Australia and New Guinea; the Dwarf Cassowary of New Guinea and New Britain; and the Northern Cassowary of New Guinea. Some nearby islands have small populations of these birds, but it...

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