Study: 1,300 bird species died out after Pacific Islands was colonized

03/25/2013 | LiveScience.com

As many as 1,300 bird species on the Pacific Islands are estimated to have been wiped out after human colonization, according to findings published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists studied various Pacific Islands for fossils and records of birds that might have lived thousands of years ago and created a mathematical model to calculate the rate of extinction. Researchers attribute the species' decline to the rapid deforestation that came with colonization.

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