Largest Bird in the World Discovered
While listening to NPR radio yesterday, I learned that an Argentina teenager discovered a near complete skull and leg bone of the largest bird in the world. This skull places this newly found species in the phorusrhacid family which scientists are calling the “terror bird”.
It was published in the Journal “Nature” (volume 443, page 929) that this flightless bird was about 3 meters tall with its head about the size of horse. This species had the speed of a grayhound dog. The Terror Bird survived about 60 millions years after the death of the dinosaurs. It was one of the largest predators dominating the grasslands of South of America and survied up to about 2 millions years ago. For more info be sure to check out the following links:
Giant Terror Bird was light on its feet – New Scientist
NPR : Huge ‘Terror Bird’ Fossil Discovered in Patagonia
I’m glad that I am not the only person who listens to NPR. Karen is always making fun of me 🙂 I heard this story too. I am very happy that a 3m bird with the speed of a greyhound is extinct.
30 October 2006 at 7:24 am
NPR is on the radio 99.9% of the time when the news is on! When the music is on the channel is changed! But I am a big fan of NPR!
30 October 2006 at 4:01 pm
I love birds, but I sure wouldn’t want to run across this one.
30 October 2006 at 10:43 pm
Bev, I found this info to be soo interesting! I am very glad they are not running around anymore!
31 October 2006 at 12:32 pm
I have a question and the question is how do I see what the largest bird is cuz i need to know for school. Please answer me bye.
4 May 2007 at 7:22 pm
I have another question and it is whats the largest snake. Please and I mean please right back cuz I have to know for school.
4 May 2007 at 7:23 pm
The largest bird (alive) right now is the ostrich. It can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 m) tall. This bird in this article is a species that is no longer alive! Hope this helps and I answered your question!
4 May 2007 at 9:16 pm