From the moa to the kakapo: millions of years of evolution lost or under threat in New Zealand

New research results, in which Luis Valente of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin was also involved, show that it would take 50 million years for the bird world, which had died out since the arrival of humans in New Zealand, to be restored. If species currently classified as potentially endangered were also to die out, another 10 million years would be needed. The long periods show the long-term consequences of man-made extinction on the natural evolutionary dynamics of the islands

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