Arab Today, arab today giant prehistoric bird a \gentle\ giant
Last Updated : GMT 08:01:15
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Giant prehistoric bird a \'gentle\' giant

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Giant prehistoric bird a \'gentle\' giant

Washington - UPI

Fossil footprints likely made by the giant bird Diatryma suggest it was a \"gentle herbivore\" and not a fierce carnivore, U.S. researchers say. Scientists had previously believed the giant bird was a carnivorous predator or scavenger but the absence of raptor-like claws in footprints uncovered in a landslide in 2009 supports the theory Diatryma was not a meat-eater, they said. Measuring 7 feet tall with a huge head and beak, the giant flightless bird is commonly portrayed as a fierce predator and was thought of as \"the bird that replaced dinosaurs as the top predator,\" researcher George Mustoe of Western Washington University in Bellingham told the BBC. \"Let\'s be honest: scary, fierce meat-eaters attract a lot more attention than gentle herbivores,\" he said. The researchers studied a set of footprints made 55.8 million to 48.6 million years ago and preserved in sandstone in northwest Washington, the only known footprints of the giant bird. \"[The tracks] clearly show that the animals did not have long talons, but rather short toenails,\" researcher David Tucker said. \"This argues against an animal that catches prey and uses claws to hold it down. Carnivorous birds all have sharp, long talons.\" Diatryma also did not have a hook on the end of its beak, a feature common to all raptors that allowed them to hold prey and tear flesh from carcasses. \"A more likely scenario [than being a carnivore] would be a gentle Diatryma that used its beak to harvest foliage, fruits, and seeds from the subtropical forests that it inhabited,\" Mustoe said.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today giant prehistoric bird a \gentle\ giant Arab Today, arab today giant prehistoric bird a \gentle\ giant

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017

GMT 06:15 2017 Monday ,27 February

Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017
Arab Today, arab today 17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016

GMT 00:47 2017 Monday ,27 February

17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today UN envoy sets out framework

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,27 February

UN envoy sets out framework
Arab Today, arab today Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues

GMT 06:43 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Kalam Nawaem made a difference in social issues
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president

GMT 06:18 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Aspires present the story of Egypt’s first president
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 06:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 10:51 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Pigs with edited genes show resistance

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 06:28 2017 Tuesday ,28 February

Dumbphones survive rise of the smartphone

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday