6 Dec 2023

How the takahe are helping climate change research

From Afternoons, 1:25 pm on 6 December 2023

They're a national treasure but the origins of the takahē have long been a point of scientific debate.

Now new genetic research from the University of Otago has cast light on their evolutionary history, also uncovering the significant impact of humans and past climate change.

It's hoped the study, which comes 75 years since takahē were rediscovered, will improve conservation management for the species.

Dr Nic Rawlence co-authored the research, he speaks to Jesse.

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