Study Reveals Anatomy and Sensory Capabilities of Ancient Terror Bird

April 12, 2015 10:52 AM

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The fossil is the most complete skeleton of a terror bird ever found. Study’s lead researcher Federico Degrange, an assistant researcher of vertebrate paleontology at the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias de la Tierra and the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina mentioned that more than 90 percent of its bones were found well preserved. The species has been named Llallawavis scagliai after the famed Argentine naturalist Galileo Juan Scaglia (1915-1989).

The fossil represents the first known fossilized terror bird with complete trachea and complete palate (the roof of the mouth). It also includes the intricate bones of the eyes of the creature, eye sockets, brain box and skull. The remains offer an unprecedented look at the sensory capabilities of t...

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