5-Million-Year-Old Heron Is Relative of Today's Tiger-Herons (image) Florida Museum of Natural History Share Print E-Mail Caption Taphophoyx hodgei, a newly described species of extinct heron, is most closely related to today's tiger-herons of Mexico and Central and South America. The heron was described from two interlocking shoulder bones from the same individual: the scapula, top, and coracoid, a bone that is often useful for identifying bird species. Credit Florida Museum photo by Kristen Grace Usage Restrictions Please credit Kristen Grace/Florida Museum Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.