Extinct giant bird DNA recovered from fossil eggs

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If you want to read an extinct bird's genome, you've got to crack a few eggs. That's how DNA has been isolated in a 19,000-year-old emu eggshell – the first time such a feat has been pulled off. Big extinct birds such as the giant moa, thunderbirds and elephant birds all left eggshells behind them. But the hunt for ancient DNA in the shells has bagged nothing until now.

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