South Australian Prehistoric Eagle Fossil
Cast your mind back, if you can, to 25 million years ago. To when the deserts of South Australia were lush rainforests. At the top of this primordial ecosystem is an extinct species of eagle; the remains of which have recently been discovered by a team of Australian paleontologists – and is the most complete fossil of a bird of prey of this time period found anywhere in the world.
The team discovered the remains in 2016, and have recently described the eagle in a recently published paper. To tell us more, we were joined by the paper’s principal author and lead investigator of the study, Ellen K. Mather from Flinders University.
Image credit: Jacob Blokland/Flinders University