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World’s largest parrot was a metre tall and lived 19 million years ago

Last updated on August 7, 2019

World’s largest parrot was a metre tall and lived 19 million years ago

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2212660-worlds-largest-parrot-was-a-metre-tall-and-lived-19-million-years-ago/Educational access A selection of top articles hand-picked by our editors available only to registered users. Check your subscription package, update your details, renew or upgrade. Dr Brian Choo, Flinders University Palaeontologists working in New Zealand have discovered the first evidence of giant parrots, which they believe lived 19 million years ago. An analysis of two “drumstick” bones, or tibiotarsi, found at a site on the South Island indicate the bird, named Heracles inexpectatus, grew to around one metre tall and weighed seven kilograms. “It’s a new example of the propensity of islands to generate weird and wacky animals,” says Trevor Worthy of Flinders University, Australia. The bird is likely to have been flightless, like several other giant flightless birds known to have evolved on islands. These include the extinct dodo, a giant pigeon that lived on Mauritius. World’s largest parrot was a metre tall and lived 19 million years ago

 

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