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Post by Irn Bru on Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:50 pm

The iconic flightless kiwi bird, a national symbol of New Zealand, may actually have evolved from an Australian ancestor, according to new research.
Experts have long assumed that the bird, whose name is now synonymous with the people of the country, came from the equally endemic but now extinct giant moa.

Yet fossils have now been found in the South Island which appear to contradict that theory. Dating back 20 million years to an ancestor of the modern kiwi, they appear to be much more closely related to another large flightless bird – the Australian emu.

Experts from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, have analysed the remains and said it is now more likely that both the emu and kiwi share a common ancestor who could fly – and travelled over to New Zealand at some point millions of years ago.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/new-zealands-kiwi-bird-may-actually-be-australian-scientists-say-9011067.html

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Surely this can't be right? I just hope it doesn't cause an international row and the breaking of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:33 pm

://?roflmao?/: 

Just don't tell them that N.Z. used to be just another part of New South Wales ...
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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:59 pm

Used to work for the New Zealand Air Force, they called themselves the Kiwi's, they won't be amused if they are renamed the EMU's lol ::lightsab:: 

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Post by Irn Bru on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:04 pm

What with the cricket as well Australia really are on a roll at the moment.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:06 pm

They're taking over the world, one bird at a time!  lol!

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Post by Irn Bru on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:18 pm

Sassy wrote:They're taking over the world, one bird at a time!  lol!

Next thing you know they'll be after our Haggis claiming that's Australian as well.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:22 pm

Have they got enough mountains for it to walk?

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:32 am

probably, we have the Cassowarry too so its not like we are lacking in large fligthless birds.

Australia is one of the oldest landmasses New Zealand is a relatitivly new landmass (like Hawaii and Japan, it was created from Volcanoes on the sea floor.) so it's birds had to come from somewhere and Australia is the closest place.

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technically we have no mountains just big hills. the middle of Australia is actaually below sea level.

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no offense, but we have decent food  tongue tongue tongue tongue 

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Post by Guest on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:09 am

As we were talking about what the Haggis needed, obviously we were talking about it needing the equivalent to the mountains in Scotland Bee, where it runs around happily until Burn's Night lol

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Post by veya_victaous on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:46 am

@sassy
 scratch scratch scratch scratch 
hmmm..... maybe in our Antarctic Territories
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And why does haggis need mountains?  :\\:[: 

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