The world's largest ever bird revealed: 'Condor' with a 24-FOOT wingspan soared across the skies 28 million years ago
- Pelagornis sandersi was so heavy it could get off the ground by taking a running jump downhill into a headwind - much like a hang glider
- It would have weighed up to 180lbs (81.5kg) with stumpy legs
- The bird's wingspan was more than twice the size of a modern albatross
- Scientists used computer simulations to predict how the bird flew
The largest bird that ever flew, which had a staggering 24ft (7 metre) wingspan, was so heavy it would have had to take off like a hang glider.
Computer simulations have revealed that the prehistoric condor-like Pelagornis sandersi could only have left the ground by taking a running jump downhill into a headwind.
Edited by Waspie_Dwarf, 07 July 2014 - 09:08 PM.