LATERAL THOUGHTS IN SEARCH OF EVER MORE INTERESTING STORIES FROM BIOLOGY. Robin and the Honey Badger’s mission is to re-charge biology with originality for you, the non-specialist reader. Here we take a long hard look at the form and function of birds which could hardly be more familiar as an outline sketch – but could hardly be more incongruous as an integrated system of body parts. Although globally accepted as synonymous with New Zealand, kiwi are not an evolutionary answer to the mammals missing from these islands. Instead, kiwi can be reconstructed as the special avian answer to an environment too rich in winged or feathered predators.

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