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Genetics study revises bird family tree: Avian evolution produced some counterintuitive convergences.
An ambitious genetic analysis of deep avian history strongly supports some counterintuitive ideas about bird evolution that differ from the species groupings familiar in field guides.
Falcons are more closely related to parrots than to hawks and eagles, for instance, researchers report in the Dec. 12 Science. And the new family tree of living birds shows that flamingos' closest relatives are chunky waterbirds called grebes. Both are more closely related to pigeons than to the rest of...
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