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  • n. The condition of being flightless


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  • The adaptations the dodo made for island living — flightlessness and gigantism — have made understanding its evolutionary history and classifying it based on body characteristics difficult.

    Extinct Dodo Related to Pigeons

  • Though experts at manoeuvrable gliding, they might undergo periods of occasional flightlessness when, in Spring, they gorge on buds and new leaves.

    That’s no mystery carnivore (part II)… it’s a giant squirrel!

  • The pope is Catholic notwithstanding pigs 'flightlessness.

    Obama: Iran 'Wants to Open Up'

  • Herbivory, filter-feeding, carrion-feeding and flightlessness have all been evolved by ducks.

    The Madagascar pochard returns

  • It is almost as if the species is poised in the transition to full flightlessness, and indeed both morphological and genetic studies (Corbin et al. 1988) agree that T. patachonicus is the most basal member of its otherwise flightless genus.

    Archive 2006-05-01

  • Dave and I had a discussion today about flightlessness in ratites: a single evolution of flightlessness at the base of the clade, or multiple separate origins of it within the group?

    Archive 2006-06-01

  • Now if I had just looked at PW's review "Don't penguins' actual talents, like deep-sea swimming, compensate for flightlessness?"

    Archive 2006-04-01

  • Another lingering uncertainty is whether the ratites are a genuine kinship group, reflecting common evolutionary origin, or just an unrelated cluster of species that incidentally share bigness and flightlessness.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • And one modern researcher, Philip Darlington, has challenged his view of flightlessness among Madeiran beetles.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • But the ratite lineage in general, with its heritage of gigantism and flightlessness, is relictual on Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand and was until recently on Madagascar, having held out in those places while long ago disappearing from the mainlands.

    The Song of The Dodo


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