The bone of a parrot that lived in Siberia in the epoch of early Miocene (16-23 million years ago), found in Tagayskiy Bay on the island of Olkhon on lake Baikal. This was stated by the author of the unique finds Nikita Zelenkov, head of the office of paleornithology Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in an article published in the prestigious British scientific journal Biology Letters.

This is the first such find in these parts. Found a small bone in his foot birds – Tarsus – dates from the age of 16-18 million years. The discovery allowed scientists to assume that in those days the parrots inhabited the territory of modern Eurasia, including Siberia, despite the fact that now these birds live exclusively in subtropical and tropical regions of our planet.

And here’s the full paper from #biologyletters

On Baikal have found the remains of a parrot that lived in Siberia more than 16 million years ago 27.10.2016

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