Thursday, October 26, 2006
The LA Times carries the LA County Natural History Museum's announcement of the discovery of the largest fossil bird every found. There was no species name listed in the story, but the fossil skull, discovered in Patagonia, is related to an extinct group of birds known as phorusrhacids - "terror birds." He has been dated to the Oligocene, 15 million years ago.
I'd like to see one scaled against a moa. This new fellow looks quite a bit more robust than the herbivore moas.