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'Terror bird' was prize fighter

By T.K. Randall
August 20, 2010 · Comment icon 3 comments



Image Credit: Nobu Tamura
These giant, flightless birds that roamed South America 50 million years ago would have been fearsome predators.
New research has unveiled the facts behind the terror birds' huge and powerful beaks that would have been capable of delivering a deadly blow to their victims.
They are popularly called "terror birds", and with good reason. The giant, flightless beasts that roamed South America for more than 50 million years following the demise of the dinosaurs were fearsome predators.


Source: BBC News | Comments (3)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by j b 12 years ago
ive always enjoyed anything about terror birds... im sure these animals followed some sort of "mass extinction" because surely this creature had what it takes to survive the ages...
Comment icon #2 Posted by HybridGS 12 years ago
I think they evolved smaller or food supply's were not enough to sustain the population. Where these direct descendants of bird like dinos like Velociraptor etc?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Drev 12 years ago
"These birds had enormous beaks with big hooks on the end.But we've shown they had to use those beaks with some precision and caution," How did they show, time travel?


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