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In a new study published by the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, paleontologists have described a new species of terror bird, dubbed Llallawavis scagliai, based on some of the most complete fossil remains ever recovered for one of these creatures.
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.
- A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.