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Mystery of the world's smallest flightless bird solved

The world’s smallest flightless bird can be found on Inaccessible Island in the middle of the South Atlantic. Less than 100 years ago, researchers believed that this species of bird once wandered there on land extensions now submerged in water, and therefore named it Atlantisia. In a new study led by Martin Stervander, and with Bengt Hansson also in the team,
it is shown that the ancestors of the Atlantisia flew to Inaccessible Island from South America about 1.5 million years ago.
The Inaccessible Island rail (Photo: Peter G. Ryan)
The Inaccessible Island rail (Photo: Peter G. Ryan)

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