Huge Flightless Bird Used To Roam The Arctic

Huge Flightless Bird Used To Roam The Arctic
anita_starzycka / Pixabay

A recent study published last week in Scientific Reports says that over a 50 million years ago a flightless bird weighing hundreds of pounds used to live on Ellesmere Island in the Arctic Circle.

A single bone find was responsible for the bird’s discovery

The bone that provides the basis for the find was first found in the 1970s and was being stored in a collection at the Canadian Museum of Nature and was studied by a team from the University of Colorado Boulder along with researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.

“People thought there was a larger bird up there but the fossils had never been described,” CU-Boulder’s Jaelyn Eberle, a co-author of a study recently told Fox News.

What Investors Need To Know When Choosing A Private Equity Manager

investor 1652197064It's no secret that this year has been a volatile one for the markets. The S&P 500 is down 18% year to date, while the Nasdaq Composite is off by 27% year to date. Meanwhile, the VIX, a key measure of volatility, is up 49% year to date at 24.72. However, it has spiked as Read More

“There are lots of wonderful discoveries we can make in the field,” she continued. “But I would say there are a lot of great discoveries that can be made in collections that have been hanging around for a while but, for whatever reason, hadn’t been described. We knew there were birds but nothing had been described until this paper.”

Gastornis has been known from mid-latitudes for a long time, from Wyoming, Colorado, Europe. What we were able to do was compare that fossil from the Arctic to all of these mid-latitude specimens,” she said. “I think what is interesting is that the toe is virtually identical to specimens from Wyoming. The difference is they are 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) apart.