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Monty Python’s dead parrot did exist

A fossil expert has established for the first time that parrots lived in Scandinavia about 55 million years ago when the area was covered in tropical forest.

Dr David Waterhouse of Norwich, Norfolk, found that a fossilised wing recovered from a mine in Denmark came from a bird which belonged to the parrot family.

He said: “I specialise in bird fossils and am also a Python fan, so I have lived with jokes about dead parrots for years. Obviously we were dealing with a bird that is bereft of life, but the tricky bit was establishing it was a parrot.”


Dr Waterhouse, 29, has nicknamed the bird Danish Blue, although the species has now been given the scientific name Mopsitta Tanta. Read full story here…