The giant megapode, a flightless bird, was no doubt quickly killed off by human settlers when they arrived on islands inhabited by these birds. These remains of a bird’s foot are from the Fijian island of Viti Levu. The only megapode that still lives on in Polynesia is Megapodius pritchardii. Smaller than the giant megapode, it survives on the volcanic Tongan island of Niuafo’ou.
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Photograph by Jim Palmer and T. H. Worthy
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