This is a fucking blow!
A very large bird, weighing about half a ton and about 12 feet high, the first of its sizes ever found in the northern hemisphere, may have lived with the early humans who praised it nearly two million years ago, according to a new study.
Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences recently discovered a fossil belonging to the great creature – known as Pachystruthio dmanisensis – in the Crimean Cave of Taurus, and began to study according to a study published in the journal "Paleontology of Vertebrates"
When I first felt the weight of the bird whose thigh bone I held in my hand, I thought it would have to be a petal of a Malagasy elephant because no birds of this size were reported in Europe, "he said in a statement CNN, the author, the study of Nikita Zelenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences. "However, the structure of the bone has unexpectedly told a different story."
Huge birds may have supplied meat, bones, feathers and egg shells to early human populations, according to the study. ] A map of the place Pachystruthio dmanisensis ”
Flying birds are comparable – albeit much larger – than modern ostriches, according to the survey. They are similar in size to long-lived elephant birds, but are better runners – helped by long and poor cats, the study says.
"We do not have enough data to tell if it is closest. related to ostrich or other birds, but we estimate it weighs about 450 kg [992 pounds]"Zelenkov said. "This huge weight is almost twice as large as the largest moa, three times the largest live bird, the total ostrich and almost as much as an adult polar bear."
Researchers also discovered fossils of giant cheetahs and saber-toothed cats. cave.
"The cave network in Taurica was only opened last summer when a new highway is being built," Zelenkov said. "Last year, the remains of mammoths were discovered and there could be many more things that the site will teach us about Europe's distant past."