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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 08:26 PM

Ancient parrot in New Zealand was 1 m tall





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A giant parrot that roamed New Zealand about 19 million years ago had a height of 1m (3ft 2in) - more than half the average height of a human, a new study has found. The remains of the parrot were found near St Bathans in New Zealand's southern Otago region. Given its size, the parrot is believed to have been flightless. Palaeontologists have dubbed the new species Heracles inexpectatus in recognition of its unusual size and strength.

The bones - initially believed to belong to an eagle or duck - were kept in storage for 11 years until earlier this year, when a team of palaeontologists reanalysed them. Prof Worthy said one of his students came across the parrot's bones by chance in his laboratory during a research project.


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mr_lebowski Aug 2019 #1
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Response to Beringia (Original post)

Wed Aug 7, 2019, 08:30 PM

1. Now that's a parrot that really could've bent open those bars with 'is beek and .... VMMMM!

Beautiful Plumage, though!

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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 08:31 PM

2. Wow.. If that "Polly" wanted a cracker, I dare say he GOT it.

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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 08:42 PM

3. K&R and thanks! nt

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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 09:01 PM

4. Talk about a can opener. Could you imagine a nip from that? You could lose a hand.

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