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  • Long-extinct passenger pigeon finds a place in the family tree

    Kevin Johnson, an ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, led a genetic study that placed the extinct passenger pigeon in the family tree of pigeons and doves.

    Kevin Johnson, an ornithologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey at the University of Illinois, led a genetic study that placed the extinct passenger pigeon in the family tree of pigeons and doves.

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  • Editor's note: To contact Kevin Johnson, call: 217-244-9267; kjohnson@inhs.uiuc.edu.
    The paper, “The Flight of the Passenger Pigeon: Phylogenetics and Biogeographic History of an Extinct Species,” is available online.