Arrival of humans caused extinction of Pacific island's land birds | Pacific Beat

Arrival of humans caused extinction of Pacific island's land birds

Arrival of humans caused extinction of Pacific island's land birds

Updated 27 March 2013, 18:11 AEDT

New research has shown that the migrations of people to the Pacific islands lead to the extinction of several species of birds.

Large flightless birds like the New Zealand Moa and Pacific island Rails were the most vulnerable.

The findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The lead author Professor Richard Duncan works at the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra.

He explained the report to Isabele Genoux.

Presenter: Isabelle Genoux

Speaker: Professor Richard Duncan from the Institute for Applied Ecology at the University of Canberra

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