Parrot Fossil 55 Million Years Old Discovered In Scandinavia
- ScienceDaily (May 17, 2008)
Parrots today live only in the tropics and southern hemisphere, but
this new research suggests that they first evolved in the North, much
earlier than had been thought.
The fossil parrot was discovered on the Isle of Mors in the northwest
of Denmark far from where you'd normally expect to find a parrot.
It's a new species, officially named 'Mopsitta tanta'. However, already
its nick-name is the `Danish Blue Parrot', a term derived from a famous
comedy sketch about a 'Norwegian Blue Parrot' in the 1970s BBC
television programme `Monty Python'