Kiwi Bird Genome Reveals How They Adapted to Nocturnal Lifestyle

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New Zealand’s famous kiwi bird has little rudimentary wings, no tail, and a long, slender bill with nostrils at the end. These endangered birds are also nocturnal with a highly developed sense of smell. Researchers have now sequenced the kiwi genome for the first time ever, revealing the genetic changes that underlie their cute and curious mix of features. The findings were published in Genome Biology this...

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