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Curr Biol. 2008 Dec 23;18(24):R1132-4. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2008.11.006.

Convergent evolution: raising a family from the dead.

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  • 1Fuller Evolutionary Biology Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850, USA. IJL2@cornell.edu


New molecular evidence shows that Hawaiian honeyeaters did not evolve from the similar looking Australasian honeyeaters, but instead represent a striking case of convergent evolution. These now extinct birds form their own family, representing the only complete extinction of an entire avian family in modern times.

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