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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered 55

sciencehabit writes Fossils unearthed at a construction project in South Carolina belong to a bird with the largest wingspan ever known, according to a new study. The animal measured 6.4 meters from wingtip to wingtip, about the length of a 10-passenger limousine and approaching twice the size of the wandering albatross, today's wingspan record-holder. Like modern-day albatrosses, the newly described species would have been a soaring champ.
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Ancient Bird With Largest Wingspan Yet Discovered

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  • additional info (Score:5, Informative)

    by kruach aum ( 1934852 ) on Monday July 07, 2014 @04:52PM (#47402735)

    It's called Pelagornis sandersi, and it lived between 25 and 28 million years ago.

  • Re:additional info (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 07, 2014 @05:25PM (#47403007)

    yeah because the climate 25 million years ago wasn't actually WARMER than it is now, with much higher sea levels, who knows what the weather was like... but the global average temperature was higher than it is now, with a lot less arctic ice...

    so IF global warming causes more turbulent weather.... then if the weather is generally hotter than it is currently according to your very skillful diagnosis of the causes of weather patterns, being hotter means more atlantic hurricanes, which means it was doomed from the start...

    I love armchair paleoclimatologists... but I must agree that YES it likely wouldn't be able to survive today, being much cooler, food supplies are very different now, i'm sure it would have a much harder time surviving in a completely different climate than what it was adapted to.

    Let's Throw AC into the ecosystem 25 million years ago and see how well he survives too...

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