New Zealand's iconic kiwi not an Australian immigrant

May 23, 2014 2:43 AM

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Washington (AFP) - New Zealand's iconic kiwi is most closely related to the extinct elephant bird of Madagascar rather than the Australian emu as previously thought, researchers said Thursday.

The findings stem from a study by the University of Adelaide that was based on ancient DNA analyses of elephant bird bones at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

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