Study: kiwi and elephant bird belong to same lineage

May 22, 2014 9:24 PM

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"It's about as bizarre a finding as you can get," biology professor Alan Cooper said.

The chicken-like kiwi and the giant elephant bird, extinct for centuries, would have been quite the odd couple placed side-by-side. The largest elephant bird species tipped the scales at some 600 pounds. Kiwis barely breach ten. But they both evolved from the same small bird that occupied Antarctica...

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