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Giant Ancient Bird Fossil Found in Kazakhstan

Friday, August 12, 2011

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Giant Ancient Bird Fossil Found in Kazakhstan

INILAH.COM, Jakarta - Scientists find fossil jaws of a giant bird Phoenix. It is estimated that the largest bird ever lived on earth.

Jaws of a giant bird fossil found in Kazakhstan. His name Samrukia nessovi, taken from Samruk, the name of the Phoenix bird of mythology Kazakhstan. Samrukia nessovi thought to have lived in the Cretaceous period, ie 85 million years ago.

Judging from the size of the jaw, the estimated length of skull about 30 cm, and the total weight of 50 kg. If he does not fly, then about 2-3 meters high, and if the wings are flying about four feet.

It is second only to fossil similar findings, namely Gargantuavis philoinos, discovered in France in 1995. The bird's range in size only by the crow. So Dr. Darren Naish of Portsmouth University said the findings of this second larger size.

"Since 1850, we only know at that time a crow-sized bird species. Now we are more confident that in the Mesozoic, there is a bigger bird, "said Dr.. Naish as quoted from the Metro. [mor]

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