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Fossil of extinct owl discovered in Madeira

By T.K. Randall
March 28, 2012 · Comment icon 1 comment

Image Credit: USGS
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). Otus mauli, which was also the first nocturnal bird of prey described in the area, lived on land and became extinct as a result of humans arriving on the island.


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