Flightless Wonder: Ancient Elephant Bird Flew Across Continents

May 22, 2014 8:29 PM

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The now-extinct elephant bird of Madagascar, though flightless, somehow flew across the world to evolve into its present day flightless relatives.

The largest species of flightless birds alive today are called ratites, and include the ostrich, emu and rhea of Africa, Australia and South America, respectively. Though large, they were once just as massive as the elephant bird, which stood up to nine feet tall and weighed as much as 600 pounds, a...

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