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Fossils of new vulture species found in Cuba

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A new species of small vulture that lived during the Quaternary period in the Greater Antilles has been identified from fossils found in western Cuba.

The newly-discovered species belongs to Cathartes, a genus of medium-sized to large carrion-feeding birds in the Cathartidae family.

Named the Emslie’s vulture (Cathartes emsliei), it lived during the Late Pleistocene to Holocene epoch, until as recently as 5,000 years ago.


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