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And you thought the velociraptor was bad news...

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / October 25, 2006 10:48 PM PDT
Hang on to your dog: meet the vicious 10ft terror bird.

>> The fossil of a giant carnivorous bird has been found in Patagonia, marking the largest known avian skull to have been found. The giant bird could snap up dog-sized mammals

The fearsome fossil of a 10ft-tall extinct phorusrhacid or "terror bird" is unveiled today in the journal Nature by Luis Chiappe and Sara Bertelli of the Dinosaur Institute at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

The phorusrhacids were vicious flightless birds able to snap up dog-sized creatures that flourished in South America between 60 million and two million years ago. The find suggests that these monstrous birds, which are thought to have weighed up to half a ton, were probably more agile and less portly than previously thought.

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