World ranking tracks evolutionary distinctness of birds

Subject: World ranking tracks evolutionary distinctness of birds
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:19:54 +1000
"The world's first ranking of evolutionary distinct birds under threat of 
extinction has been published by a team of international scientists. These 
birds include a cave-dwelling bird that is so oily it can be used as a lamp and 
a bird that has claws on its wings and a stomach like a cow. The new rankings 
will be used in a major conservation initiative called the Edge of Existence 
program at the London Zoo. The zoo has already identified several species like 
the huge monkey-eating Philippine eagle that are at once distinct, endangered, 
and suffer from lack of attention.”

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