ratite


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ratite

any flightless bird that lacks a keel on the sternum, for example, ostrich, rhea or emu.
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Ratite cancellous xenograft: Effects on avian fracture healing.
The different "ratite" species were long thought to have formed as the flightless birds were isolated by the separation of the southern continents over the last 130 million years.
Here there is the added difficulty that there are no large forest ratites suitable for New Zealand's climate, and there are only, as Dr.
Ratite and ungulate preferences for woody New Zealand plants: influence of chemical and physical traits.
His mother, Raiha Ratite Rodgers, was Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, the daughter of Captain William Rodgers, an American born in Salem Massachusetts and Katerina Rangi Kawhiti from Ohinemutu.
Its ratite relatives (other large flightless birds), including the Australian emu and South American rhea, possess three toes while all other bird species have four.
ETYMOLOGY: This species is named for the crest on the head that is reminiscent of the spectacular ratite of tropical Queensland and Papua New Guinea, the cassowary.
In spite of the incomplete nature of those specimens, the presence of several neornithine clades, such as galliform, anseriform and ratite birds in Mesozoic ecosystems appears to be strongly supported (CLARKE et al., 2005).
Ratite (ra-tit) A class of large flightless birds including emus and ostriches that are raised for their meat and hides.