This Bird is Really Big

Scientists, in a press release from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), have discovered the fossil of an extinct bird that had a wing span of up to 24 feet.  The bird, named Argentavis magnificens, was twice as big as the Royal Albatross, the largest flying bird today. The bird fossil was uncovered in Charleston, South Carolina in 1983. It lived about 25-28 million years ago. Researchers think that it was to big to take off by just flapping its large wings. Instead, it may have ran downhill or took advantage of wing gusts to take off.

This is an artist's drawing of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi, which may be the biggest flying bird ever found. (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center)

This is an artist’s drawing of the new fossil species Pelagornis sandersi, which may be the biggest flying bird ever found. (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center)

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