Terror Birds

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Noymira, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw this crazy special last night on Terror Birds, which lived about 2 million years ago. We talk about chickens being related to dinosaurs, which they are, but these guys were much more recent and very scary! They grew to 7 feet tall, weighed up to 300lbs and could run up to 30mph.

    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/08/terrorbird/

    Just had to share, I thought it was very cool. I was looking at my cute little chickens a bit differently this morning!
     
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    [​IMG] cooool. I had to write a paper once in college about a bird similar these, could you imagine one of those running around these days!? [​IMG]
     
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  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    These birds were mostly limited to South America, but not entirely. There have been finds here in North America. One of which was here in North Florida.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanis_walleri

    It was 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) tall and weighed approximately 150 kilograms (330 lb),...

    From the Wired article - a terror bird skull, an eagle's skull, and a human skull.
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    They were one of the apex predators of their day.
     
  4. Noymira

    Noymira Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't imagine facing one of those. Had they been around at the same time as modern humans I don't think we would have stood a chance!

    It was interesting because they said it was the only time a bird the apex predator for an entire continent.
     
  5. NovaAman

    NovaAman Overrun With Chickens

    bet they'd taste just like chicken... I mean, I bet people would have tasted like hamburgers...
     

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