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ZOOLOGY PUB QUIZ QUESTION: DID HUMANS AND TERROR BIRDS MEET?

February 2007

Terror birds were massive 2m tall flightless birds with big beaks that lived in North America. They looked like their name suggests. It was thought that they lived around 10,000 years ago, in which case, we might have met up. But a recent article in Geology suggests they in fact lived 2 million years ago, long before we made it to that part of the world. A relief for us and them, I think.

BBC summary here; original Geology article here.

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