Fossil's 21-foot wingspan shows Pelagornis was 'largest flying bird'

July 7, 2014 10:14 PM

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Sometimes finding a skeleton in a closet can be a good thing – if you’re a paleontologist. Meet Pelagornis sandersi, a giant bird with a wingspan 21 feet across – so wide that it could have been the size of a (very) small plane.

The enormous extinct avian, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pushes the limit of what’s possible in bird flight.

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