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Giant bird was 'gentle herbivore'

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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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It's cute !

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

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

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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.org/wiki/Entelodont

They had no claws either....

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