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Largest Ever Flying Bird

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:07 PM

The world's largest ever bird revealed: 'Condor' with a 24-FOOT wingspan soared across the skies 28 million years ago


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  • 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.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 09:35 PM

out of all the things which could have been  built,  from one big bird to another! :


The fossil was unearthed in 1983 in South Carolina when construction workers began digging a new terminal at the Charleston International Airport.

http://www.dailymail...-years-ago.html

Edited by freetoroam, 07 July 2014 - 09:36 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2014 - 10:59 PM

A massive condor figure appears on the Nasca landscape.

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Posted 08 July 2014 - 06:36 PM

QUOTE-
This graphic shows how the
enormous 'condor', which lived 28
million years ago, compares to
modern-day birds.
QUOTE-
The Pelagornis sandersi is
a species of pelagornithid - an
extinct group of giant seabirds
believed to be ancestors of pelicans
and storks
.
didn't know that condors & pelicans were the same thing....?
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Posted 09 July 2014 - 09:22 AM

Haast Eagle put to shame. Wonder what a fight would be like.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 03:36 PM

You could eat on an egg for months.


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Posted 09 July 2014 - 04:13 PM

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 12:32 AM

Imagine that nicking your chips at the seaside or pooping on your car!!

Edited by skookum, 11 July 2014 - 12:32 AM.


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 05:58 AM

View PostTroublehalf, on 09 July 2014 - 09:22 AM, said:

Haast Eagle put to shame. Wonder what a fight would be like.

The first bird I thought of too. It was about double the size of Hassts Eagle, I'd say due to it's immense size, Hassts Eagle would be more agile and have an advantage there. It used to kill Giant Moa, which are large ground birds by swooping from the sky and breaking it's neck.

View Postskookum, on 11 July 2014 - 12:32 AM, said:

Imagine that nicking your chips at the seaside or pooping on your car!!

:lol:

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 06:00 AM

View Postmaximusnow, on 09 July 2014 - 03:36 PM, said:

You could eat on an egg for months.

Interesting point!! I wonder if it would be larger than the egg of an Elephant Bird?

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 07:53 AM

View Postpsyche101, on 11 July 2014 - 05:58 AM, said:

:lol:
*snip poo-poo pic*
That exactly was my first thought when I read the topic. Or just imagine you are walking along the beach with yr grl and a swarm
of Pelagornis will pass you and °°@#. You need to have a GPS sender with you that the rescue workers will be able to find you
within 3 hrs in that pile. On the other hand, the prices for Guano would be much lower, good for the farmers.

Edited by toast, 11 July 2014 - 07:54 AM.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

The largest ever flying animal was by far bigger than that...
http://en.m.wikipedi.../Pterosaur_size


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Posted 11 July 2014 - 01:30 PM

View Posttaniwha, on 11 July 2014 - 09:57 AM, said:

The largest ever flying animal was by far bigger than that...
http://en.m.wikipedi.../Pterosaur_size

Ok, but a Pterosaur wasn't a bird.

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

View Postpsyche101, on 11 July 2014 - 06:00 AM, said:

Interesting point!! I wonder if it would be larger than the egg of an Elephant Bird?

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WTH? Elephant bird? that is a new one for me.... researching.


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Posted 13 July 2014 - 01:46 PM

hmm...So this bird challenges the previous record holder Argentavis.





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