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Giant bird was 'gentle herbivore'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:43 PM

Footprints believed to have been made by the giant bird Diatryma indicate that it was a "gentle herbivore" and not a fierce carnivore, scientists say.

A team of researchers from Washington, US, examined tracks uncovered in a landslide in 2009.

Previous investigations have suggested the giant bird was a carnivorous predator or scavenger.

But the absence of raptor-like claws in the footprints supports the theory that Diatryma was not a meat-eater.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20413665

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 03:54 PM

It's cute !

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Posted 23 November 2012 - 04:31 PM

Gentle or not, there's no chance I'd be poking around in its nest looking for eggs for my breakfast!

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 01:15 AM

It does look pretty fierce!  But those tiny little wings are cute!

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 10:43 PM

We will never know. But I bet it ate whatever it wanted to!


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:11 AM

View PostStill Waters, on 23 November 2012 - 03:43 PM, said:

Footprints believed to have been made by the giant bird Diatryma indicate that it was a "gentle herbivore" and not a fierce carnivore, scientists say.

A team of researchers from Washington, US, examined tracks uncovered in a landslide in 2009.

Previous investigations have suggested the giant bird was a carnivorous predator or scavenger.

But the absence of raptor-like claws in the footprints supports the theory that Diatryma was not a meat-eater.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/20413665

On the same webpage you see a link to these guys: http://en.wikipedia....wiki/Entelodont

They had no claws either....






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