We Love Animals
Animals Nature

Flightless Aldabra Rail Re-Evolved After 20,000 Years Of Extinction

The Aldabra rail was once considered extinct. Aldabra Atoll, the home of this white-throated bird was submerged beneath the Indian Ocean about 136,000 years ago. This bird then disappeared.

However, this species is back. People have a chance to see the presence of Aldabra rails again. It took only 20,000 years for these birds to return.

These rails are native to Madagascar. When their population expands, these birds fly to the mainland, east to the islands of RĂ©union and Mauritius, and the Aldabra atoll.

However, Aldabra Atoll reappeared on the map and brought this extinct bird back.

Like its ancestor, the re-evolved Aldabra rail is flightless. Scientists believe that this bird lost its ability to fly as it doesn’t have predators.

“There is no other case that I can find of this happening, where you have a record of the same species of bird becoming flightless twice,” Julian Hume, paleontologist and author of the study, said in a press release from the Natural History Museum in London.

“It wasn’t as if it were two different species colonizing and becoming flightless. This was the very same ancestral bird,” he continued.

Watch the video of this bird below.

If you want to read more interesting articles of wild animals, just visit our website.

H/T: US News

Related posts

Protective Gorilla Mom Shows Incredible Bond With Her Newborn Baby In Australian Zoo

Olivia

30 Pets Who Are Masters At Expressing Their Emotions

Carolyn Mullet

Meet Ozzy, The Cat Loves Peaches Is The Best Thing On The Internet

Carolyn Mullet

10+ Pets Who Made Their Owners Actually Facepalm With “Crazy” Actions

Carolyn Mullet

Rare Pictures Show Unlikely Friendship Between Bear And Wolf In Wild Finland

Carolyn Mullet

These Photos Will Prove Our Beloved Pets Are The Masters of Surprise

Carolyn Mullet

Rescue Fox And A Bulldog Build A Strong Bond, Proving Friendship Has No Barrier

Carolyn Mullet

Distinctive Bright Blue Feet, This Booby Is Truly A Funny And Adorable Marine Bird

Margot Nolan

New Young Male Pronghorn Joins In The Herd At Topeka Zoo

Daniel

Expectation Vs Reality Of Giving Pets A Gift, And They Are Incredibly Hilarious (20 pics)

Carolyn Mullet

Adorable Moment Of Kitty Playing With His Human

Carolyn Mullet

Grey-Chinned Minivet, A Stunning Chubby Bird With Lovely Contrast Between Males And Females

Margot Nolan