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2009-09-12 14:00:00

An ancient eagle that once ruled the skies above New Zealand appears to have been a predator, and may have fed on human flesh, researchers said Friday. Writing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Ken Ashwell of the University of New South Wales in Australia and Paul Scofield of the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand reported that the Haast's eagle was a predatory creature. "This science supports Maori [native New Zealander] mythology of the legendary pouakai or hokioi, a huge bird that...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'