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Fossil of extinct owl discovered in Madeira

Posted on Wednesday, 28 March, 2012 | Comment icon 1 comment | News tip by: Still Waters


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Scientists describe how the scops owl species flourished but was driven to extinction by humans.

A group of international scientists is studying the discovery which was made by a German researcher, their work has revealed that the fossils belong to a previously unknown species of scops owl native to the Portuguese island of Madeira that eventually became extinct as humans moved there from the mainland.

"An international team of scientists, including some from Majorca and the Canary Islands, have described a new type of fossil scops owl, the first extinct bird on the archipelago of Madeira (Portugal)."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Lady Llayne on 11 April, 2012, 13:34
Wow, I think that is amazing. Pity that man, cocked it up though....




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