Skull of Caracara creightoni
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 larger bill and stronger bite.
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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