Ornithologist David Steadman holds Caracara creightoni femur
Ornithologist David Steadman of the Florida Museum of Natural History displays a Caracara creightoni femur used for radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA analysis. Steadman's research team successfully extracted DNA from C. creightoni, a species of large carrion-eating falcon that disappeared soon after humans arrived in the Bahamas about 1,000 years ago.
This research was supported by the National Science Foundation (grants BCS 11-18369 and BCS 14-61496).
Read more in the Florida Museum news story Extinct Caribbean bird yields DNA after 2,500 years in watery grave. (Date image taken: Aug. 14, 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 4, 2019)
Credit: Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace
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