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Re: Fossil emus

Quoting Tim Williams <twilliams_alpha@hotmail.com>:

>> >The oldest known casuariines (cassowaries) are from the
> >Pliocene of Papua (Plane, 1967). Other fossil cassowaries
> >are known from the Pleistocene of New South Wales and
> >Papua.

Interesting.  So is it possible that the divergence between Casuariinae and
Dromaiinae was vicariant (C's on Papua and D's on Australia), or were there too
many intermittent connections between the two landmasses for this to be

Nick Pharris
Department of Linguistics
University of Michigan