Galapagos Islands, First Bird Extinction recorded

Posted on August 11, 2016 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Galapagos Islands reported the Galapagos has long been a sanctuary for long-lost creatures, but a newly discovered but extinct bird species marks a change in the idyllic landscape.

According to a California Academy of the Sciences (CAL) press release sent to Nature World News, a study published in the journal Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution revealed that scientists from the California Academy of the Sciences, San Francisco State University, University of New Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) worked together to uncover the existence of two subspecies of the Vermilion Flycatchers.

Both subspecies are endemic to the Galapagos Islands, although the tiny San Cristóbal Island Vermilion Flycatcher was last spotted in 1987 and is now considered the first modern extinction in the widely revered archipelago. Read Article

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