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Hummingbird evolution soared after they invaded South America 22 million years ago
April 3, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Researchers, led by Jim McGuire of University of California, Berkeley, generated a family tree of the hummingbirds that shows they diverged from swifts and treeswifts 42 million years ago, invaded South America 22 million years ago and diversified rapidly to take over America. They occupied high elevations as the Andes Mountains rose and invaded North America and the Caribbean less than 5 million years ago.Full Story
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