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An exotic ecology comparison

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As the swamp in front of my house in Minnesota springs back to life, I think back to the truly odd history of wildlife in New Zealand.

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Completely isolated for eons of time, New Zealand developed a strange ecosystem which went undisturbed by man until the first humans arrived in roughly 1250 AD.

In its pristine state, New Zealand had no land animals save for a tiny bat. Birds dominated the deep rain forests, many of them flightless like the famous kiwi.

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