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Terror Birds Uncovered

Excerpt from WILDBIRD magazine's blog

By Amy Hooper

Photo courtesy Eric Zamora/Florida Museum of Natural HistoryThe February issue of the journal Geology reveals a new study in which scientists say that a 7-foot-tall carnivorous bird came to North America from South America. The terror bird (Titanus walleri) weighed 330 pounds and could bite dog-sized prey.

Fossils found in Texas and Florida were 2 million years old, according to a dating techique that uses rare-earth elements rather than carbon.

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Posted: January 24, 2007, 5 a.m. EST

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WOW, that was some bird.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 2/19/2010 7:26:20 AM
scary yet fascinating, im glad they shrunk as time went by, imagine one of those with the mood swings of an amazon.!!!!
paola, keansburg, NJ
Posted: 7/10/2007 4:17:19 AM
Wow, this bird sounds so awesome!
Hope, Oakley, CA
Posted: 5/14/2007 10:19:50 PM
It's so amazing how birds have evolved! The Terror bird in it's time was the top predator, so Terror bird was a great name for it.
Nina, Tyler, TX
Posted: 3/6/2007 11:31:11 AM
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