ratite


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ratite

any flightless bird that lacks a keel on the sternum, for example, ostrich, rhea or emu.

ratite

a running bird with flat, raft-like sternum and strong muscular legs, e.g. ostrich.
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Parker notes that the ratite industry is high-tech "and the technology is changing weekly.
Ratites are a family of flightless birds that have no keel bone.
The team compared DNA fragments extracted from the remains of four different species of moa with comparable DNA sequences from eight modern species of ratite birds.
Ratites are a group of flightless birds that include the Australian emu and cassowary, African ostrich, New Zealand's kiwi and now-extinct moa, rhea from South America and the extinct elephant birds of Madagascar.
T Rex medullary bone is similar to that of female ratites, the group that includes ostriches and emus.
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I had anice telephone chat with Maria Zannini, who thinks ratites will be an exception and a solid market will develop.
Breeders of ratites use microchips in these flightless avian livestock as well (SN: 7/30/94, p.
However, other bird species like ratites showed a faster elimination and, consequently, a shorter permanence of the drug in the body ([t.
Because ratites also are secondarily flightless and tinamous are reluctant, clumsy fliers, the new evidence strengthens the view that troodontids and oviraptorids were secondarily flightless," he added.
The company also provides genetic analysis services to breeders of ratites, which are flightless fowl such as ostriches, emus and rheas.
Elegant-crested tinamou (Eudromia elegans) belong to the family Tinamidae, which includes 47 species and 9 genera of birds native to Central and South America, and are related to ratites under the superorder Palaeognathae.