According to the latest reports coming from HappyMag, it seems that a creature came back from the dead! Well, not quite from the dead but from the state of extinction.
The flightless brown bird managed to reincarnate itself after it was declared exciting more than 100,000 years ago.
The Aldabra white-throated rail seems to have been wiped out by the growing sea levels a really, really long time ago.
The major inundation event took place around 136,000 years ago, and it wiped out all fauna and flora, including the flightless rail.
It seems that now the bird reappeared twice since back then through a process called “iterative evolution.”
The online publication mentioned above wrote a really funny phrase in the article, saying that we might as well call this bird the Jesus of the avian world.
The iterative evolution
If you’re wondering if this means that the dinosaurs will also be making a comeback, well, this will probably not happen – anyway, we have to deal with enough drama these days due to the whole coronavirus world crisis, we don’t need any T.Rexes running down the streets as well.
The online publication mentioned above brings up a research published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, which explained the fact that the “iterative evolution” occurs when the ancestral lineage that created the birds in the first place, “produces parallel offshoot species at different points in time.”
In other words, this means that identical species are able to pop up more times throughout the course of history.
It seems that such iterative evolution has been seen in more species such as sea cows and turtles, but never in birds.
“We know of no other example in rails, or of birds in general, that demonstrates this phenomenon so evidently,” paleobiologist David Martill stated.
We recommend that you check out more about what he had to say on the subject.