Giant half-ton bird lived alongside early man
By T.K. Randall
June 27, 2019 · 22 comments
Pachystruthio dmanisensis was truly enormous. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 markow76
A thigh bone found in a Crimean cave belonged to a huge species of bird that was as heavy as a polar bear.
The fossil, which was discovered along the northern coast of the Black Sea, dates back between 1.5 and 1.8 million years to a time when Homo erectus
roamed the European continent.
Known as Pachystruthio dmanisensis
, this gargantuan flightless bird was three times the weight of today's ostriches, stood 3.5 meters tall and could run at quite significant speeds.
It would have provided our ancestors with a plentiful supply of meat, bones, feathers and eggshells.
"No birds of this size have ever been reported from Europe," said palaeontologist Nikita Zelenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences.
"We don't know when it became extinct exactly, but most likely it did not survive later than 1.2 million years ago. They would have been seen by various Homo erectus
Source: The Guardian
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