Ancient Sea Bird Fossils Found

Fossil flap … A prehistoric bony-toothed Pelagornis. Photo: Peter Trusler


Is it a Pelican? Is it an albatross? No! It’s a Pelagornis! (Say that five times fast!) It lived for more than 50 million years and then sadly became extinct some 2.5 million years ago. It had a five-metre (197 inches or approximately 16 and a half foot) wing span, that is roughly size of a giraffe, and a serrated beak that would scare even the most hardy sea bird feeder today. The scary beaks earned them the nickname of “bony-toothed birds” because they look like jagged teeth, a saw even! It was the largest flying animal on Earth for some 15 million years after the Pterosaurs died 65 million years ago.

Artist’s impression … With a wingspan of between five and six metres, the immense bird Pelagornis was perhaps the largest flying animal to exist on Earth following the demise of the flying reptiles known as pterosaurs. Photo: Peter Trusler/ Museum Victoria




They found a fossil recently in Australia. This proves this bird was not bound to one land. With wings like that, is it any surprise? Here, watch this video to learn more:

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