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FOSSILS OF OLDEST KOALA-HUNTING EAGLE DISCOVERED

FOSSILS OF OLDEST KOALA-HUNTING EAGLE DISCOVERED

Context:

Scientists have unearthed the remains of an ancient Koala Hunting Eagle near a barren, dry lake in Southern Australia.

Key Points:

  • This magnificent bird is believed to be 25 million years old when southern Australia is dotted with lush forests.
  • For eagle, this part of the land teemed with helpless prey.
  • It was found near Australia's Lake Pinpa, now uninhabited.
  • The discovery includes 63 well-preserved fossils that cover all of the eagle's skeleton.

About the Discovered Fossils:

  • The Koala hunting eagle was slightly smaller and leaner than the wedge-tailed eagle.
  • Its largest Australian eagle, however, was discovered 25 million years ago.
  • They are known as wedge-tail or wedgies in Australia.
  • They had a broad-winged bird of prey, similar to the size of the bald eagle of America.

Importance of the Research:

  • It is rare to find even a single bone from an eagle. Thus, finding most of the skeleton becomes significant. Many of these fossils are rarely found and are among the oldest and most powerful eagles in the world.

About the Eagle:

  • The eagle stands on top of a food chain, catching squirrels, wild dogs, and rabbits.

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