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In the early, online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a Pennsylvania State University-led team takes a look at the history and genetic diversity of the scarlet macaw, Ara macao cyanoptera, with samples from the southern US and northern Mexico that stretched back 800 years to more than 1,100 years.

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