20 Sep '11, 3pm

Rarest Bird on Earth Discovered Using DNA ~ #Eco #birds #extintion #dna #biodiversity

Rarest Bird on Earth Discovered Using DNA ~ #Eco #birds #extintion #dna #biodiversity

While three new amphibian species were just discovered in the Colombian rainforest, another discovery is now gaining attention from all over the world. This time, a new, critically endangered species of Western Ground Parrot has been found in Fitzgerald River National Park in Western Australia. Photo: Brent Barrett It is a great achievement that this ground parrot was recognized as one of the world's rarest birds. A team of Australian researchers, led by Australian Wildlife's Conservancy's Dr. Stephen Murphy, used DNA from museum specimens up to 160 years old and by comparison, this newfound bird was recognized as a new rare species, Pezoporus flaviventris. Endemic to Western Australia, it is an endangered species. The populations of ground parrots in eastern and western Australia are highly distinct from each other. Molecular DNA evidence suggests that the Western Ground ...

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