Skip to content

This extremely massive bird would scare anyone!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/8/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Found over 30 years ago, now rests in South Carolina

Scientists from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in North Carolina have identified the fossils of what could be the largest flying bird ever found.

P. sandersi is an ancient bird that could have had a wingspan between 20 and 24 feet.

P. sandersi is an ancient bird that could have had a wingspan between 20 and 24 feet.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
7/8/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Science, US


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The fossil belongs to Pelagornis sandersi, a bird with an estimated 20-to-24-foot wingspan, twice the size of today's biggest flying bird, the royal albatross.

End world hunger through "prayer and action."

These researchers believe that P. sandersi lived between 25-28 million years ago.

This avian giant had long, slender wings and paper-thin, hollow bones that allowed it to stay aloft for long distances without having to flap its wings, the center said.

The P. sandersi may have been so big that it wouldn't have been able to take off from a standstill. Instead, P. sandersi may have had to run downhill into a headwind to achieve takeoff-just like a hang glider would.

This massive bird's fossils were first unearthed 31 years ago, when construction workers started working on a new terminal at Charleston International Airport in South Carolina. The remains, which included a complete skull and multiple wing and leg bones, were so big they had to be dug up with a backhoe.

The discovery wasn't publicized until this week though, when scientists unveiled their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

These massive remains now rest in the Charleston Museum. The big bird's name honors a retired curator at the museum, Albert Sanders.

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Technology

Astronomers close in on Planet X that could be responsible for cataclysms on Earth Watch

Image of Is Planet X out there? And it is responsible for sending waves of Earth-smashing asteroids towards the Sun? Maybe.

NASA thinks there may be another planet far beyond Neptune, and it could pose a threat to life on Earth. Long known as Planet X, it has ... continue reading


What if an asteroid strikes near you? Here's what happens... Watch

Image of Asteroids are a major threat to life on Earth, and it is only a matter of time before the next cataclysmic impact.

If there's one thing scientists agree on, it's that there is a cosmic alarm clock ticking somewhere, and when it goes off, billions of ... continue reading


The BIG ONE is coming, but you may get a warning right before it hits. Here's how Watch

Image of Los Angeles will face the greatest damage during a 7.2 or larger quake along the San Andreas fault, north of the city. An early warning system is essential to saving thousands of lives.

After years of planning and testing, California is about to get an early warning system for earthquakes. The system will be rolled out in ... continue reading


The world's largest plane is unveiled, but is it too dangerous to fly? Watch

Image of The Stratolaunch is now the world's largest airplane by wingspan.

An amazing aircraft has rolled out of its hanger in Mojave, California, but will this massive, revolutionary new design fly, and can it ... continue reading


Pack your shades, Major Tom, NASA is sending you to the Sun! Watch

Image of Pack your shades, Major Tom! We're going to touch the Sun.

Pack your shades, Major Tom, NASA is sending you to the Sun. Don't forget the sunscreen. In an announcement today, NASA has reported they ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.