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Hesperornis regalis

Hesperornis regalis

The Great Toothed Diver, Hesperornis regalis, an extinct five foot long diving bird lived during the Cretaceous period - with teeth! Hesperornis regalis did not have wings, but propelled itself with powrful hind legs and lobed toes similar to the grebes of today. Hesperornis regalis lived in the prehistoric North Sea, the West Siberian Sea, and the Great American Inland Sea, preyed upon fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and mollusks and were preyed upon by Mosasaurs.
 

 


 

 

Phororhacos longissimus

Phororhacos longissimus

This 9 ft Tall, 280 lb flightless, terror bird of prey was a real predator, racing over the grassy plateaus and hills of Patagonia 30 million years ago, catching small reptiles and mammals and biting them in half with its huge beak or just shaking them into senselessness before ripping them to pieces!
 

 

 

 


Dinornis maximus

Dinornis maximus

Another of the subspecies in the Moa family of New Zealand. We know from remains it was covered with reddish-brown hair-like feathers, may have stood as high as 12 feet and weighed more than 600 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Aepyornis maximus

Aepyornis maximus

One of the subspecies of the Elephant Birds of Madagascar which weighed close to 900 lbs.


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