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[09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« on: September 26, 2010, 10:09:40 PM »
Pictures: Giant Fossil Bird Found With Spiky "Teeth"
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Illustration courtesy Carlos Anzures

Seen in an artist's rendering of its standing skeleton, P. chilensis resembles a modern albatross—except that the new species stood about 4 feet (1.25 meters) tall. (See an albatross picture.)

Because the two birds are structurally similar, studying a modern albatross's lifestyle is an excellent way to learn more about what the prehistoric seabird's daily life might have been like, Rubilar said.

In general, bony-toothed birds aren't well understood, because they had incredibly lightweight bones, which were often too brittle to withstand the fossilization process. But the P. chilensis specimen was discovered largely intact in a fine sandstone in northern Chile, Rubilar said.

And more such fossils may be coming, he added. "The fossils in this [sandstone layer] are abundant. ... Probably we'll find more and more complete specimens in the future."

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/photogalleries/100915-giant-bird-wingspan-science-chilensis-teeth-pictures/?source=link_fb09152010giantfossilbird#/huge-chilean-seabird-reconstruction_26057_600x450.jpg

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2010, 10:37:28 PM »
Never heard of birds with "pseudoteeth".  A failed adaptation not related to Mesozoic birds such as Ichthyornis and Hesperornis?

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 10:54:28 AM »
That's neat!  I've heard things about birds with "teeth" before, but its been awhile.  That bird is definitely one I wouldn't want to meet, though. xD
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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2010, 06:59:01 AM »
Am I wrong with my memory or is there still a bird in the rain forest , which childs having still rudemenatary claws on the wings for climbing on the trees, before they losing those during becoming adults ?

Wondering where I heard that >_<,

*puts a nice mammal egg into the pan*


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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2010, 05:24:27 PM »
Yes, there is. That bird is called a hoatzin.

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 12:03:57 PM »
Do you like to have some scrambled hedgehog eggs ?

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurzschnabeligel

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2010, 07:18:44 PM »
Here, we call that animal an echidna:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna


Egg laying mammals are so cool. C:

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2010, 10:51:30 PM »
Hedgehogs give live birth to live young as humans do.  :P

Emus and ostriches have claws on their wings too!

http://drvector.blogspot.com/2006/12/emu-dissection.html

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 11:33:22 PM »
Here, we call that animal an echidna:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna


Egg laying mammals are so cool. C:


Don't platypusses (platypi?) lay eggs as well?

I love them. XD
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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 11:40:27 PM »
Yeah, echidnas and platypuses are both monotremes, the only living order of egg-laying mammals.

I'm finding myself sincerely wondering what a monotreme egg would taste like right about now.
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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2010, 12:37:49 AM »
I don't like eggs, period, so I'd imagine I'd find it rather gross.   :sick:

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #11 on: November 09, 2010, 04:45:57 AM »
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Now remember why I never try to think about the origin of the sausages on my plate....  *gets squeasy of the emu destroyment*
But it is the true, in the butchery are counting always the inner qualites !



Isn't it anyway more unusual to give "living" births instead of laying eggs?
As I mean to know, the reason why almost all mammals do it so is , in comparement to australia's mammal family for example, more or less a natural selection.
And the not egg laying mammals had the better luck and pushed away the egg layers.

Like the homo sapiens let vanish the homo neandthertale..neadntheo...those guys which  lived somehwere here not any 200.000 years ago !

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2010, 06:44:19 PM »
Holy crap that is cute.

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Re: [09/15/10] Giant Fossil Bird With Spiky "Teeth"
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2010, 05:44:57 AM »
Holy crap that is cute.


The bird which has to brush it's teeth or the scrambled squirrel eggs stuff ?

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