Skull of Caracara creightoni, with larger bill and stronger bite
Caracara creightoni, a large carrion-eating Caribbean falcon driven to extinction by the arrival of humans about 1,000 years ago, was about the size of modern caracaras but had a bigger bill and stronger bite.
This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (grants BCS 11-18369 and BCS 14-61496).
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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