Monday, May 25, 2009

Biggest Bird

The largest known bird ever has been discovered by a teenager in Argentina. Or to be more accurate, the fossil of the largest bird ever known has been discovered. At over three metres tall and near two hundred kilograms, this is not a creature one would want to meet in a dark alley. Or even a well lit alley. Living a diet of sheep sized rodents, these birds definitely earned their sobriquet: Terror Birds. Fortunately they are long extinct, and for the record I’m glad there’s no more sheep sized rodents around either.

One of the most incredible is that they have been able to reproduce the sound of this bird’s call. Extinct for millions of years, and we can now reproduce the blood curdling cry of the Terror Bird as it hunted on the prehistoric plains of Patagonia. Roughly rendered the Terror Bird’s call sounded like this: Here, kitty kitty kitty.” Isn’t science amazing

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