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Compare and Contrast New World Vultures vs Old World Vultures Old morphological classification grouped all diurnal raptors together into one large order named the falconiformes Within that were five broad families of which were the New World vultures the osprey accipitrids hawks eagles owls and the Old World vultures the falcons and the secretary bird of Australia With modern technology and through a process known as DNA-DNA hybridization taxonomists have been able to see that Old World vultures and New World vultures are completely unrelated In fact New World vultures have been found not to be related to any other raptors they have been placed with the storks in the taxonomic order Biologists have also noted many physical differences that American vultures share with storks The vulture lacks the powerful hind toe hallux of other raptors and they have perforate nostrils with a hole through the beak from side to side Most American vultures also have an excellent sense of smell which is lacking in other raptors and the Old World vultures alike The similarities in both classes of vultures are not due to being related but to convergent evolution Vultures on both sides of the Atlantic have bare heads because they feed on carrion Feathered heads would become matted with blood from feeding inside large carcasses while bare skin is much easier to keep clean Since their prey doesnt require killing vultures lack specialized feet and talons Some New World vultures cannot completely close the foot to grab Unlike Old World vultures American vultures have a well-developed sense of smell Their sense of smell is even able to discriminate between meat that is merely spoiled and that which is completely putrefied The Old World vultures probably havent evolved a sense of smell because most species live on open plains or in mountains where carcasses are easily found by sight Biologists have found these vultures to have up to eight times the amount of
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