Temporal range: Pleistocene
|Athene cretensis and Candiacervus ropalophorus|
The Cretan owl (Athene cretensis) is an extinct species of owl from the Pleistocene of the island of Crete, in the eastern Mediterranean. It was first named by Weesie in 1982. In life, it would have been at least 60 cm tall, and flightless or nearly flightless. The Cretan owl became extinct after humans moved into Crete.
- Palaeontological fieldwork done by Dutch-Greek teams Archived 2007-10-11 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 2008-08-25
- Faunal Extinction in an Island Society - Pygmy Hippopotamus Hunters of Cyprus (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology) by Alan H. Simmons and G.A. Clarke (Pg.176)
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