DNA confirms elusive Night Parrot found

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Subject: DNA confirms elusive Night Parrot found
From: colin trainor <>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 18:45:58 +0930
DNA - Most specimens (?all but 3 perhaps) collected before 1900, so not sure 
how useful it would be.

I'm ignorant of molecular approaches, but this detailed type of analysis may 
not be possible on gnarly old specimens (?better on blood and fresh tissue? - 
of which there is none)




DNA confirms elusive Night Parrot found


Andrew Hobbs <>


Sat, 10 Aug 2013 14:22:41 +0800

There are apparently 22 known specimens in various museums around the 
world.  I would think it quite possible to use DNA analysis on those to 
make some estimates of population sizes etc. and their relationship to 
the recent samples. I would be surprised if that is not already being 
done or at least considered.


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