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? British Ornithologists' Club 2005
Expunging the 'Mascarene starling'
Necropsar leguati: archives, morphology
and molecules topple a myth
by Storrs L. Olson, Robert C. Fleischer,
Clemency T. Fisher & Eldredge Bermingham
Received 8 November 2003
Until relatively recently, species of birds known from unique specimens tended to
be ignored, often being written off as dubious in one way or another. Because of the
rapidity of extinction on islands, however, it is not at all unlikely that a species