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In an extreme case of mistaken identity, paleontologists have announced that the 6-foot tall ‘terror bird,' which inhabited Europe between 55 to 40 million years ago, may have been herbivorous and not a meat eater as previously thought.
When scientists first discovered fossils of the flightless bird Diatryma in the mid 19th century, they portrayed the 7-foot avian as a fierce predator, which caught on with science writers and popular culture.
Fifty million years ago, when what is now Washington state was covered with a verdant subtropical rainforest, a 380-pound flightless bird called Diatryma stalked the floodplains of the regionâ€™s meandering rivers.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.