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October 4, 2019

Skull of Caracara creightoni and Caracara cheriway

The skull of Caracara creightoni (left) and the modern caracaras species Caracara cheriway (right); they are closely related. Researchers have successfully extracted DNA from C. creightoni, a species of large carrion-eating falcon that disappeared soon after humans arrived in the Bahamas about 1,000 years ago.

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (grants BCS 1118369 and BCS 1461496).

Read more in the Florida Museum news story Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave. (Date image taken: Aug. 14, 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 4, 2019)

Credit: Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace

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