Fossil of New Eagle Species Found

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In 2016, researchers from Australia had uncovered dozens of bone fragments near Lake Pinpa, a dried salt lake in the desert in South Australia. New research proves that the fossilised bones belong to a previously unknown species of eagles; it had unique features that are not seen in modern hawks and eagles. The bird has been named Archaehierax sylvestris. The fossil study reveals that the eagle lived around 25 million years ago when this region could have been a rainforest. The ancient bird was comparatively smaller than a wedge-tailed eagle with a foot span of 15cms, allowing the bird to attack and feast on prey like marsupials, ducks and flamingoes. 

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