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Creatures of the Underwater Caves

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Abaco Flightless Rail

Abaco Flightless Rail
Scientists recognized some bones from the roost as the remains of a new species of flightless rail. Rails have slender bills and long legs that help them navigate through water-logged vegetation. Today, other flightless members of this family, like the Aldabra rail shown here, still live on oceanic islands where they evolved in the absence of predators and had no need to fly.


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