The remains of a giant seabird that lived between 25 million and 28 million years ago have been discovered near what is now Charleston, South Carolina.…Read More »
Now considered the world's largest flying bird, the beat, dubbed Pelagornis sandersi, had a wingspan of about 20 to 24 feet (6.1 to 7.3 meters), which is at least twice that of the previous record holder &emdash; Argentavis magnificens. Here, an artist's reconstruction of the giant bird. [Read full story] Less «
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Lots of bird
Credit: Liz Bradford
When alive, the seabird would've been much bigger than condors and nearly twice as big as today's largest flying bird — the royal albatross with…Read More »
its 11.4-foot (3.5 m) wingspan. (Comparison of the birds' sizes shown.) Less «
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Extinct bird fossils
Credit: Dan Ksepka.
The fossils, which included several wing and leg bones as well as a complete skull, were discovered in 1983 when construction workers began their excavations…Read More »
for a new terminal at the Charleston International Airport. The species was named after the excavation leader, Albert Sanders. Less «
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Credit: Dan Ksepka.
The extinct bird is a previously unknown member of a group of extinct seabirds called pelagornithid known for their pseudo-teeth. "These pseudo-teeth were…Read More »
not made with enamel like true teeth are, but were projections of bone from the jaw," said study researcher Daniel Ksepka, a paleontologist and curator of science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut. "They are very conical and pointed, which suggests they were used for piercing prey. The most likely source of food for these birds were fish and squid near the surface of the water."
Before becoming managing editor, Jeanna served as a reporter for Live Science and SPACE.com for about three years. Previously she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a Master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a science journalism degree from New York University.