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- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Dromaiidae — the emus.
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Overhunting by humans caused the extinction of both the King Island emu (Dromaius ater) and the Tasmanian subspecies of emu, D. novaehollandiae diemenensis.
As a result this ecoregion is the most degraded in Tasmania, and endemic species such as the Tasmanian thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) and the King Island emu (Dromaius ater) are now extinct.
The earliest known bird, magpie-sized Archaeopteryx lithographica could hear just the same as a modern emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae), demonstrating that Archaeopteryx was more bird-like rather than reptilian, according to new research published today.