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Re: Vegavis gen. nov. - new anseriform in today's Nature
At 03:51 PM 1/25/2005, Dann Pigdon wrote:
And yet emus are more abundant than ever.
Not, though, the insular populations on Tasmania, Kangaroo and King
islands, which were exterminated (twice, in the case of Tasmania, after
Emu eggs are also predated by the Black-breasted Kite (Hamirostra
melanosternon), which drops rocks or other objects on them while in flight.
As far as dromornithids were concerned, they had megalanids and
thylacoleos to contend with (the latter could be larger than a leopard),
and who knows how many diprotodontid species weren't afraid to raid the
occasional nest for added nutrients - expecially given the low quality
of Australian soils in general.
And Sebecid crocodiles, and perhaps predatory kangaroos. Of course the
largest dromornithids vanished well before the arrival of humans.
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