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First fossil of a daytime active owl found at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau


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A research team led by Dr. Li Zhiheng and Dr. Thomas Stidham from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has discovered the amazingly well-preserved fossil skeleton of an extinct owl that lived more than six million years ago in China. Their detailed study of the skeleton's fossilized eye bones shows the owl was active in the daytime, not the night.

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