Antarctica was once the home of the largest flying birds on the plant, according two fossils recently unearthed there. More precisely rediscovers faucets that have been long forgotten in a museum collection. this is often the case with fossils or rather with new discoveries relating to fossils. Fossils be found estimated and’s catalog but never really study. That is until some board Prof. or grad students looking for a thesis stumble across them. That is the case with the newest identified member of the Pelagornithid genus of birds. This individual which lived about 50 million years ago would have had a wingspan of about 21 feet. Which means it was the largest thing to fly in the skies since the dinosaurs went extinct.
The fossils show that Antarctica was once the home of the largest flying birds on the plant. Specifically, they were found on the continent’s northernmost islands. Pelagornithid fossils belong to a group of birds that evolved 62 million years ago. This means that they were the first major flying animals on the planet after the dinosaur extinction. The name loosely translates as bony tooth in reference to the jawbones of this genus which appeared to have teeth. In actuality the tape by protrusions on the peaks of these birds were actually part of the job. That makes the pseudo-teeth distinctly different from true teeth which are independent bones.
However, the pseudo-Steve served a purpose for these birds in that it made it easier for them to catch fish. Also, the evidence suggests that they filled a similar role to the albatross of modern-day. that is, the majority of the species associated with this genus spends weeks or even months flying. As a result, they involve these teeth to make catching fish and other marine life easier. This bird was hugely successful as scene with the massive fossil record covering millions of years.
It appears that Antarctica was their primary nesting which also explains why they went extinct approximately 2.5 years ago. while the continent was colder than the rest of the world up until that point it was a bird’s paradise. A fairly decent climate would have existed and a rich and abundant source of the ocean. However, all that changed when the first of the ice ages and turn the continent into what it is today. still, it’s impressive to see just how much the world has changed. Also, how discoveries can still be made in the basement fossil collection of a museum.