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Giant "phoenix" bird lived with dinosaurs

By T.K. Randall
August 11, 2011 · Comment icon 10 comments

Image Credit: John Conway
The fossilised remains a previously unknown giant prehistoric bird have been discovered by scientists.
It isn't clear whether the bird would have flown or not, however if it had then it would have had a wingspan of 13 feet. Named Samrukia nessovi, the new species would have been an awesome sight over 65 million years ago.
Palaeontologists said on Wednesday they had found the fossilised remains of a giant bird that lived in Central Asia more than 65 million years ago, a finding which challenges theories about the diversity of early birds.


Source: PhysOrg.com | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Persia 13 years ago
An enormous jawbone found in Kazakhstan is further evidence that giant birds roamed - or flew above - the Earth at the same time as the dinosaurs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14466814
Comment icon #2 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 13 years ago
So if birds evolved from dinosaurs, what did this thing evolve from?
Comment icon #3 Posted by Blue Lizard 13 years ago
Asian 'phoenix' lived with the dinosaurs I was actually excited as I thought they found a phoenix (considering it is on UM)... but nope, it is a bird. The title is messed up... Also the bird looks like an ostrich... perhaps it didn't fly?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Blue Lizard 13 years ago
So if birds evolved from dinosaurs, what did this thing evolve from? Are you high or just a tad obsessed?
Comment icon #5 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
They lived like 65 million years ago. Well, maybe the next were related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phorusrhacidae http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2010/08/21/a_new_look_at_old_terror_birds/ There was was in France around the same time: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v377/n6545/abs/377110a0.html
Comment icon #6 Posted by Taun 13 years ago
Perhaps a predecessor of the Moa? They grew to about 12 ft. in height and weighed in at around 500 lbs... though they were flightless.... EDIT: Or a Haast's Eagle...
Comment icon #7 Posted by DigitalDreamer 13 years ago
Well then it seems we have more brids that could carry off a human
Comment icon #8 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
So if birds evolved from dinosaurs, what did this thing evolve from? The theory is that birds and dinos evolved from some common ancestor.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Abramelin 13 years ago
Old news, but still: A new giant ground bird from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France Abstract New discoveries afford a much better knowledge of the large birds previously reported from the Upper Cretaceous of southern France on the basis of a single synsacrum fragment. An incomplete pelvis consisting of the synsacrum with part of the ilia is used to define a new taxon of bird, Gargantuavis philoinos, to which a femur is also referred. This bird is characterized by its very large size (comparable to that of an ostrich), a broad pelvis with an anteriorly placed acetabulum, and a short robus... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by xXHellkittiesXx 13 years ago
The theory is that birds and dinos evolved from some common ancestor. Thank you for considering my question, unlike Blue Lizard


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