Giant Fossil Bird Found With Spiky “Teeth”

Boasting a 17-foot (5.2-meter) wingspan and sharp, spiny “pseudoteeth,” this ancient seabird is one of the largest flying birds known, according to a study released Wednesday.

Soaring above the oceans and mountains of what’s now Chile between five and ten million years ago, the newly discovered species, named Pelagornis chilensis, was part of a prehistoric group known as the bony-toothed birds. The hollow spikes on the birds’ beaks allowed the predators to grab slippery squid and fish from the ocean.

P. chilensis was identified based on an “exquisitely and exceptionally preserved” fossil skeleton that was found to be 70 percent complete, said study co-author David Rubilar of the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural in Chile.

The specimen includes the largest and most complete fossil bird wing yet excavated. Previous bony-toothed bird fossils included wings dug up in pieces, if it all, making it harder to accurately establish wingspan.

source : http://news.nationalgeographic.co.in/news/2010/09/photogalleries/100915-giant-bird-wingspan-science-chilensis-teeth-pictures/





Comments (15)

 

  1. Kristan Kail says:

    Nice post. I hope you keep on writing such interesting stuff

  2. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and got plenty of turkey. Now onto Xmas :)

  3. Greet post this will help me!

  4. I just found this blog a while back when a friend suggested it to me. I have been a regular reader ever since.

  5. Aca Lukas says:

    I really enjoyed this post. It’s nice when you read something that is not only informative but entertaining. Outstanding.

  6. Aca Lukas says:

    There is apparently a bunch to know about this. I feel you made some good points in features also.

  7. Aca Lukas says:

    I signed to your blog RSS. Will you post more on this subject?

  8. otel says:

    thank for post

  9. Hi! from Orlando. I am a fan of your blog

  10. I recently came across your web site and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my very first comment. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this website very frequently.

  11. Diamonds says:

    I just added this page to my bookmarks. I really enjoy reading your posts. Thanks!

Leave a Reply