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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.


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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