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emus (was Re: Vegavis gen. nov. - new anseriform in today's Nature)

On 26/01/2005, at 4:51 AM, Dann Pigdon wrote:

And yet emus are more abundant than ever. Of course, humans have been
kind enough to reduce dingo numbers in grazing areas (the same areas
emus love).

Yup, it appears the mainland emu population is practically indestructible aside from local disappearances from intensely settled areas - regardless of what Europeans do to them or introduce into their habitat, as demonstrated by the great "Emu War" of 1932 when an Australian Army detachment attempted to exterminate them from the Murchison district of WA with machineguns. In short - the emus won.


Ronald Orenstein wrote
>And Sebecid crocodiles

um, don't you mean mekosuchine crocodiles? (if you're referring to *Quinkana* and friends...)

Brian Choo
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