Monday, August 15, 2016

Fact of the Day: Kiwi Cousin

While the New Zealand birds known as kiwis were thought to be very closely related to the flightless and extinct Moa they were much more distant cousins than scientists expected. DNA evidence proved that they are more closely related to Cassowary birds (that live in New Guinea and Australia), elephant birds (which had lived in Madgascar), and Emus. 

7 comments:

Beauty Editer said...

Very nice! I like this post so much.

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Pat Hatt said...

Got lots of extended family

stephen Hayes said...

Strange looking birds, but everything evolved for a purpose.

Caro * said...

Very interesting ;)

Martha said...

That is pretty interesting.

bj said...

interesting

Huggybear said...

The National bird of New Zealanders whose people are known internationally as "KIWIS". And the NZ-ers are mighty proud of that name.
No one refers to our cousins across "THE DITCH" (THE TASMAN SEA) by any other name but KIWIS.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin