Giant bird fossils were discovered by some farmers, at the moment nobody is saying the exact location of the find, but these birds have been discovered before in South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales, but this find has apparently footsteps going in all directions, so it is a fairly significant find.
The official name for these birds is Genyornis-newtoni, but they are also known as a “Thunder Birds”, “Demon Ducks” and Mihirungs. They lived around 40 to 50,000 years ago. These were flightless birds and are thought to have lived in flocks, and are thought to be a relative of ducks and geese. But no webbed feet for this big guy, instead they had hoof like claws, a huge beak, but like our modern day birds it also had no teeth, and used stones to help digest its food.
The birds were most certainly around with man, and were hunted for food. Scientists think the birds may now be extinct not because of over hunting as first thought, but because the continent became drier during the last Ice Age, both ideas are still being studied at this time.
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