Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jamaica linked to Yale prehistoric bird find

Jamaica Gleaner News "RESEARCHERS AT Yale University and the Smithsonian Research Institute have discovered a chicken-sized prehistoric bird which used its club-like wings as a weapon during fights.

The bird, called Xenicibis, is believed to be a member of the ibis family and lived in the Jamaican region about 10,000 years ago.

Dr Susan Davis, senior research officer in charge of the clearing house mechanism at the Institute of Jamaica, said that with Jamaica known to have more than 30 species of indigenous birds, the discovery by the scientists adds to the country's repertoire."

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