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Ankle bone reveals one species of parrot used to call Arizona its home

It turns out, parrots aren't only found in rainforests or on a pirate's shoulder — at one time, they were native to Arizona, too.

John Moretti started with a bag of bones leftover at a museum and ended up finding out that one type of parrot, at least, was native to northern Arizona’s pine forests.

Moretti is a paleontologist and doctoral candidate at the University of Texas.

The Show spoke with him to learn about his discovery, and what was already known about these kinds of colorful birds in the ancient Southwest.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.