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The Biggest Prehistoric Flying Bird Had A 24-Foot Wingspan

Updated 20 May 2019 2.7k views13 items

Paleontologists may study the distant past, but their world remains fresh and exciting. Every year, they discover new fossils, broadening the horizons of prehistory and scientific understanding. One 2014 discovery - or rather, rediscovery - revealed an enormous and terrifying bird that existed more than 20 million years ago.

Pelagornis sandersi, the largest flying bird ever discovered, appears to have been a massive and voracious predator, with pointed teeth and a 24-foot wingspan. As it glided over the ocean, smaller creatures would have desperately sought refuge from its gigantic jaws.

Pelagornis is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating fossils ever found. This super-bird and its remains are simultaneously odd, frightening, and impressive.

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