First genetic data of extinct bird species extracted by Gainesville researcher

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) -

They've been gone for a thousand years, but a Florida Museum of Natural History researcher is bringing them back to life.

Figuratively, of course.

The first ever genetic data from an extinct bird has been extracted by a bone found in the Bahamas.

Post-doctoral researcher Jessica Oswald pulled almost 99% of the genes of a "Creighton's Caracara" from a femur found in a deep sinkhole.

A lack of oxygen in the depths of the water preserved the fossil.

Recovering DNA is difficult in birds because their hollow bones decay quickly.