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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 09:03 AM

Polly want a CRACKER!!!!!!

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49262365

A giant parrot that roamed New Zealand about 19 million years ago had a height of 1m (3ft 2in) - roughly half the average height of a human, a new study has found.

The remains of the parrot were found near St Bathans in New Zealand's southern Otago region.

Given its size, the parrot is believed to have been flightless and carnivorous, unlike most birds today.

A study of the bird was published on Tuesday in the journal Biology Letters.

Weighing just over one stone (7kg), the bird would have been two times heavier than the kākāpo, previously the largest known parrot.

"There are no other giant parrots in the world," Professor Trevor Worthy, a palaeontologist at Flinders University in Australia and lead author of the study, told the BBC. "Finding one is very significant."

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Currentsitguy Aug 2019 OP
Solesurvivor Aug 2019 #1
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CokeMachine1 Aug 2019 #3
Currentsitguy Aug 2019 #4
Independent.mind Aug 2019 #5

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 09:06 AM

1. I'm still freaking out where i read when insects were huge due to the high oxygen content in

the atmosphere lol

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Response to Solesurvivor (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 09:08 AM

2. The very thought of 6 foot long centipedes gives me the willies.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 10:58 AM

3. Shouldn't that read

 

"Polly want a steak"?

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Response to CokeMachine1 (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 11:24 AM

4. That's what my wife said

Polly want a T-BONE!!!!!

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Thu Aug 8, 2019, 07:11 AM

5. Very cool!

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