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Terror Birds

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

  1. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    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.


    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

    Jul 9, 2011
    Lago Vista, TX
    [​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]
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2011
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    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.


    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.

    They were one of the apex predators of their day.
  4. Noymira

    Noymira Songster

    Mar 9, 2011
    Chittenden County, VT
    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. bet they'd taste just like chicken... I mean, I bet people would have tasted like hamburgers...

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