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Re: New Zealand's Giant Eagle Showed Rapid Size Gain
Quoting Tim Williams <email@example.com>:
> Christopher Taylor wrote:
> _Aptornis_ is deeply weird for other reasons. Like many large
> island-dwelling birds, the adzebill has proven difficult to pin down
> phylogenetically. Livezey (1998) put it in the Gruiformes, close to the
> kagu (_Rhynochetos_) [...]
It may be more a case of convergence but I couldn't help notice the outward
similarity between the weka* and the illustrations of the Adzebill**.
I think it would be more reasonable to assume that _Aptornis_ would be a giant
rail related to _Gallirallus_ but then again this is just some educated
guessing based on my knowledge.
Just my two cents,
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