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Near-Complete Fossil Sheds Light on Ferocious Terror Bird

posted: 04/13/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Paleontologists have uncovered a near-complete fossil of a new species of terror bird, Llallawavis scagliai.

More than 90% preserved, the newly discovered skeleton is giving scientists a closer look at the extinct predator than ever before. In particular, the voice box, trachea, palate and auditory region of the skull are remarkably well-preserved, giving scientists a new look into the terror bird's sensory capabilities.

"The discovery of this species reveals that terror birds were more diverse in the Pliocene than previously thought. It will allow us to review the hypothesis about the decline and extinction of this fascinating group of birds" said Dr. Federico Degrange, of the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.

Click here for more information from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

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