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This bird went extinct and came back to life thousands of years after

Extinct 136,000 years ago, this bird came back through a process called "iterative evolution". Here is the intriguing story of the Cuvier's rail.

05/20/2019 10:53 AM

438 comments

  • Henry C.
    23 minutes

    That makes the Silurian Hypothesis sound somewhat plausible.

  • Richard L.
    an hour

    Micro evolution. Happens all over the world. Look at the human race.

  • Matt L.
    an hour

    Evolution is not always a step forward.

  • Diane M.
    2 hours

    Hey, this is interesting!

  • Kathryn S.
    2 hours

    The article as written is misleading. Even though both the ancient and modern "Aldabra rail" species evolved from the *same* ancestral lineage (of Cuvier's rail), the fact that they did so many tens of thousands of years apart suggests that they did so through at least slightly different genotype changes. So the two Aldabran rails species may have the same phenotype due to inhabiting the same island, but they didn't get "there" (phenotypically, not geographically) using exactly the same genetic pathways. Thus, they are two different sub-species, not the same sub-species. So...NOT resurrected, but they look a LOT alike. Interesting? Certainly. Iterative evolution? Sure. But the article takes it a leap further and suggests that the sub-species was resurrected. That's misleading, and also a misrepresentation of Hume and Martill's work. And for all you folks rambling on about how evolution is a joke, climate change yuk yuk yuk, please just stop. Take a class or two on the subjects, get your facts straight, and stop showing off your ignorance to the world.

  • Rosa B.
    3 hours

    Very cool.

  • Damian S.
    4 hours

    But this is a bit like how you can domesticate dogs or you can domesticate foxes, and when you do, the domesticated versions of both animals share similar characteristics. Which were mixed INTO the original population in the first place. That means a whole population of an animal is like a chimera or amalgramam of more than one different potential species, hybrid bred together in a sense, but natural selection can push one into dominance or the other into dominance. The potential to go in a flightless direction was there from the start. Moving to that environment MADE that potential realize itself. Perhaps the population originally cycled back and forth between bigger versus smaller wings and smaller versus bigger bodies, depending on weather and stuff, when put in the right weather, things snowballed in only one of those directions.

  • Luke M.
    4 hours

    Devolve, not evolve, since it wiped them out first time. Dont they watch the news global warming is real, sea levels will rise ;)

  • Georgia H.
    4 hours

    Remember evolution is just a theory

  • Tyler R.
    5 hours

    Look it’s the science pretending to know everything again.

  • Don L.
    5 hours

    BS

  • Moo K.
    6 hours

    This is arrant nonsense ❗🙄 What is it about that island's environment that caused this bird to lose its ability to fly ❓🙄 So-called evolution is the single biggest lie ever perpetrated on mankind since the ascension of the Christ. 💩

  • Manuel P.
    6 hours

    😲!!

  • Sean P.
    7 hours

    Evolution 😂 you all find an animal that was never fully extinct. And you call it evolution and you call it science 🤣

  • Karen F.
    8 hours

    Amazing!

  • Shani R.
    8 hours

    Good day

  • Innocuosvenom E.
    8 hours

    It wasn't extinct only that humans were not able to sight them because of the small population

  • Nayab A.
    8 hours

    That's super funny 🤣🤣🤣

  • Helena E.
    8 hours

    Extraordinary

  • Nikos '.
    9 hours

    It is also observed in humans.....we are heading full on back to Australopithecus....

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