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New Evidence Indicates that The Northern Spotted Owl was introduced to North America by Pilgrims

early_falconersSmallpox wasn’t the only thing the Mayflower brought to Plymouth. New environmental DNA analysis conducted by researchers at Oregon State University corroborates entries from Captain Christopher Jones’s log: the 4 “pet owls” that survived the trip across the Atlantic Ocean and “immediately flew out of sight in a westerly direction, never to be seen again” were in fact the founding fathers (and mother) of the famed spotted owl species (Strix occidentalis) as we now know it.

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