First Ever Fossil Of An Owl That’s Active In Daytime Unearthed In China

An exquisitely preserved fossil skeleton of a long-extinct owl unearthed in the Tibetan Plateau reveals this species hunted by day, marking a dramatic shift in our understanding of owl evolution

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Artist’s reconstruction of the recently unearthed fossil of an extinct owl, Miosurnia diurna, perched in a tree with its last meal of a small rodent, overlooking extinct three-toed horses and rhinos with the Tibetan Plateau rising up on the horizon. (Credit: Zheng Qiuyang.)



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