Ancient DNA provides new insights into the evolutionary history of New Zealand's extinct giant eagle.

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Bunce, Michael; Szulkin, Marta; Lerner, Heather R L; Barnes, Ian; Shapiro, Beth; Cooper, Alan; Holdaway, Richard N;
  • Publisher: Public Library of Science (PLoS)
  • Journal: PLoS Biology (issn: 1544-9173, eissn: 1545-7885)
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  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0030009
  • Subject: Ecosystem | Research Groups and Centres\Ecology Evolution and Behaviour | Body Size | Fossils | Molecular Sequence Data | Evolution | Eagles | New Zealand | QH301-705.5 | Faculty of Science\Biological Science | Paleontology | DNA | Molecular | Animals | Biology (General)

Prior to human settlement 700 years ago New Zealand had no terrestrial mammals--apart from three species of bats--instead, approximately 250 avian species dominated the ecosystem. At the top of the food chain was the extinct Haast's eagle, Harpagornis moorei. H. moorei ... View more
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