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Nature Notes: Halt! Who Goes There?
Turkeys and the flightless ratites — ostriches, rheas, emus, and cassowaries — can run very fast, with one foot down ahead of the other like deer and dogs. Herons, shorebirds, crows, grackles, and quail walk and run in the same manner.
Ratites in trees: the evolution of ostriches and kin, and the repeated
Regular Tet Zoo readers will recall the article from March on ratite and tinamou evolution.
Controversies from the world of ratite and tinamou evolution (part I)
Cue ratites. Gigantic, long-legged, flightless birds with proportionally small heads, short, ridiculously short, or absent wings, they are the closest that any bird group comes to recapturing the body form (and presumably lifestyle) of non-bird dinosaurs.
Why Fly? Flightless Bird Mystery Solved, Say Evolutionary Scientists
Darwin noticed, and he predicted that ratites were related to each other. His contemporary, Thomas Huxley, found another commonality among them: The arrangement of bones in the roofs of their mouths appeared more reptile-like than that of other birds.
Closest Living Relative of Ancient Elephant Bird Is Tiny
The largest species of flightless birds alive today are called the ratites, and include the ostrich, emu and rhea.

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