Feathered feat: ancient bird had largest wingspan ever

July 7, 2014 7:00 PM

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Feathered feat: ancient bird had largest wingspan ever

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The wandering albatross, a magnificent seabird that navigates the ocean winds and can glide almost endlessly over the water, boasts the biggest wingspan of any bird alive today, extending almost 12 feet (3.5 meters).

But it is a mere pigeon compared to an astonishing extinct bird called Pelagornis sanders, identified by scientists on Monday from fossils unearthed in South Carolina, that lived 25 to 28 million years ago and boasted the largest-known avian wingspan in history, about 20 to 24 feet (6.1 to 7.4 meter...

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