Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Mosquitoes, New Zealand flightless birds, pink lizards and more

In a span of ten years, more than 1,000 species were discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region. (Rene Ries)


Giant moa
(Maura McCarthy)
Name: Moa, flightless birds (order Dinornithiformes) from New Zealand that went extinct hundreds of years ago.
High Life: Some species stood taller than nine feet and were believed to have feasted primarily on trees and shrubs.
Low Life: Some bent low to eat herbs, according to a new analysis of fossilized moa dung by researchers from New Zealand and Australia.
Balanced Life: Several of these plant species are now rare, perhaps in part because moas no longer spread their seeds around.

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