dinornithiformes dinornithiformes


  • (n) a ratite bird order: recently extinct flightless birds of New Zealand


  • Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

    sciencehabit writes "For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, they abruptly went extinct. Their die-off coincided with the arrival of the first humans on the islands in the late 13th century, and scientists have long wondered what role hunting by Homo sapiens played in the moas' decline. Did ...
    on March 18, 2014     Source: Slashdot

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