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DNA Study Points To Humans As Cause of Carolina Parakeet Extinction

A genomic analysis reveals that the Carolina parakeet disappeared suddenly and abruptly, without any genetic signatures associated with a dwindling population, and thus this species’ extinction is solely attributable to people

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | @GrrlScientist

NOTE: This piece was a Forbes Editor’s pick.

This adult female Carolina parakeet, eastern subspecies (Conuropsis carolinensis carolinensis), was the source of the DNA for this study. (Credit: Marc Durà. Image courtesy of Carles Lalueza-Fox / Institute of Evolutionary Biology)

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