Fossil find: Skeleton of ‘terror bird’ phorusrhacids found in completely intact form
This is something that has stumped many experts across the world. Researchers who discovered almost an untouched complete skeleton of a new species of the â€œterror bird,â€ have come out with new details about the animal that gone extinct millions of years ago. The terror birdâ€™s fossil was discovered five years ago in 2010. The bird is now known as phorusrhacids.
Researchers who are involved in the finding and later study of the fossil have tried to reconstruct some parts of the animal. Scientists who worked on the project were led by a renowned scientist Federico Degrange, an assistant researcher of vertebrate paleontology at the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra and the Universidad Nacional de CÃ³rdoba in Argentina.
While talking about the findings Degrange said, â€œThey evolved very unique forms, with huge skulls, huge beaks with hooks, and long hindlimbsâ€¦They lost their ability to fly and they developed very unusual predatory capabilities that were not present in any comparable animalsâ€. The findings from the study were reported Thursday in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.
It is needless to say that researchers are very excited. â€œWe are able to say that terror birds had low frequency sensitivity – so it seems reasonable to suggest that they also produced low-frequency soundsâ€¦”Terror birds didn’t have a strong bite force, but they were capable of killing prey just by striking up and down with the beakâ€ says he. The carnivorous species is expected to have been 10-foot-tall, and used to roam in the regions of South America nearly 3.5 million years ago.
The scientists named the newly found species with hooked beaks, “Llallawavis scagliai,” because the word “Llallawa” means “magnificent” in Quechua, the native language of the people in central Andes. “Avis” means “bird” in Latin, Live Science reported. The researchers also plan to study the birdâ€™s eye bones, brain case and skull in the following years.