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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 07:04 PM
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Terra-bird alert! Huge 'Terror Bird' Fossil Discovered in Patagonia

Stephanie Abramowicz 2006

From NPR:

Scientists have discovered a skull belonging to a hook-beaked bird that ruled the grasslands of South America. Scientists are calling the bird a "terror bird."

The bird didn't fly because it didn't have to. Instead, it put its biological resources into growing bigger and faster than anything else on the continent. It was the largest bird ever and the top predator in South America millions of years ago.

Paleontologist Luis Chiappe identified the skull - the largest on record - in Argentina. He says this carnivorous bird was ferocious.

"This is not like a crocodile," says Chiappe. "This was a warm-blooded, enormous very-active bird. With the size of the skull, imagine the damage that skull could have done just by hitting something."

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These creatures would likely be the primitive ancestors of:

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Ignacio Upton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 07:06 PM
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1. Another reason to like Patagonia!
n/t.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 07:10 PM
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2. That beast is UGLY!
But that birdlike creature is cute!
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 07:12 PM
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3. What Beer Do You Drink?
LOL :)
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 08:48 PM
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4. Too bad the name "dinornis" ("terrible bird") is taken.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 08:59 PM
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5. Wow, thanks for the pic/info! n/t
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 09:04 PM
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6. Happy to oblige. Read way too many dino books as a kid. nt
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Jeffery Donating Member (53 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-05-06 09:12 AM
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7. -
I wasn't expecting this to get political! It is kind of funny, though.
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