Owl Phalanx

Owl Phalanx

Feb 9, 2015

This small phalanx (toe bone) recently found in Box 14 of Project 23 is from a predatory bird that we don't find here as often as we do others—an owl.  Because owls have phalanges that can be easily distinguished from other birds here at Rancho La Brea, we were able to immediately identify it.  Many different kinds of owls lived here during the Late Pleistocene, and it's yet to be determined which one this is.

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