Can you imagine a small eagle with long legs wading through a rainforest that is now a sandy desert in South Australia? This fossil that baffled scientists in 2016 has been identified as an entirely new species of bird, which is similar to a modern eagle. As an ambush hunter, it used to prey on possums, koalas and ducks!
The discovery showed Australia had a native lineage of eagles early in the history of the animals’ evolution, making Australia a diverse landscape, even back then. What do we think of this news?