Video Diary - Day Four - An eagle?

Video | Updated 3 years ago

FURTHER UPDATE (16/08/2011): - Further examination reveals the fossil is extinct, flightless bird called progura, a giant version of the modern malleefowl.
NEWSFLASH (12/08/2011): - Please view the Update - Possible Eagle video, containing updated information about this find.

The August 2011 expedition to the Nullarbor caves is a collaborative effort between the Western Australian Museum and the Flinders University to search for Megafauna fossils in this remote and isolated area.

This video looks at an amazing new discovery - potentially new a species of eagle - a spectacular discovery.

Transcript

Dr Gavin Prideaux: We’ve excavated down to about the one meter mark here in Pit B, and just under these boulders here I’ve come across a whole jumble of bones. And they include a young Protemnodon, which is a giant kangaroo, we’ve got some leg bones of that animals, just in here, and just over there.

There’s also some leg bones and some wing bones of a very large bird that may be a eagle, it may possibly be a bustard, or another large bird such as that. We need to excavate those and get them back to the lab at Flinders before we can definitively identify them.

But it’s a particularly exciting find because most of the bird fossils we found are small birds. And also we are back possibly a million years ago in this layer down here. So it’s possible, if it is an eagle, it’s not the same species as the modern wedge-tailed eagles, so that’s going to be something exciting to try and work out.