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New giant pigeon species discovered

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Fossils show that Tongoenas burleyi, a newly described genus and species, inhabited the Pacific islands for at least 60,000 years, but vanished within a century or two of human arrival around 2,850 years ago.

Unlike the dodo and the extinct Viti Levu giant pigeon of Fiji, however, T. burleyi could fly. This canopy-dwelling species co-evolved with fruit-bearing trees in the mango, guava and chinaberry families, acting as an essential forest cultivator by spreading seeds to new locations. The size of a large duck, Tongoenas burleyi was likely capable of swallowing fruit as big as a tennis ball, said study lead author David Steadman.

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"Some of these trees have big, fleshy fruit, clearly adapted for a big pigeon to gulp whole and pass the seeds," Steadman said. "Of the fruit-eating pigeons, this bird is the largest and could have gulped bigger canopy fruit than any others. It takes co-evolution to the extreme."

When Steadman first found T. burleyi fossils in a cave on the Tongan island of 'Eua, he was immediately impressed by their size: The bird was about 20 inches long, not including the tail, and weighed at least five times as much as the average city pigeon.

"I said, 'Oh my God, I've never seen a pigeon that big,'" Steadman said. "It was clearly something different."

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Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/07/200722163236.htm

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Bradley

First, Babylon, now ancient artifacts of pigeons, she is the creator of everything!

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Where is LG7
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funny how they just found this after the rumors about Babylon (Early Version) will soon be released.

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11 minutes ago, Where is LG7 said:

funny how they just found this after the rumors about Babylon (Early Version) will soon be released.

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1 hour ago, C1trus said:

Gaga cooked them ancient city style. 

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1 hour ago, Where is LG7 said:

funny how they just found this after the rumors about Babylon (Early Version) will soon be released.

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Where is LG7
2 hours ago, Robo Ga said:

be careful sis... I got a WP once for posting this cursed image :cryga:

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