Terror Birds (family Phorusrhacidae)
Huge flightless terror birds were South America’s top predators for millions of years and at nearly three metres tall certainly lived up to their name. Their modern relatives, the seriemas, kill their prey by smashing it repeatedly against the ground, which may well have been the terror birds’ technique too. The terror birds lived between 27 million and 15,000 years ago and spread into North America when the two continents joined. One of these birds boasts the record for the largest bird skull ever found, measuring 71cm long with a wicked, curved 45cm beak.
(via: BBC Nature)          (illustration by Jaime Chirinos)

Terror Birds (family Phorusrhacidae)

Huge flightless terror birds were South America’s top predators for millions of years and at nearly three metres tall certainly lived up to their name. Their modern relatives, the seriemas, kill their prey by smashing it repeatedly against the ground, which may well have been the terror birds’ technique too. The terror birds lived between 27 million and 15,000 years ago and spread into North America when the two continents joined. One of these birds boasts the record for the largest bird skull ever found, measuring 71cm long with a wicked, curved 45cm beak.

(via: BBC Nature)          (illustration by Jaime Chirinos)

  1. blanksketchbook reblogged this from scientificillustration
  2. helado9 reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  3. themcfrizzle reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  4. the-killing-jar reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  5. kariachi reblogged this from thenixkat
  6. thenixkat reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  7. of-the-north reblogged this from rhamphotheca
  8. shewantsbass reblogged this from scientificillustration
  9. adam-33 reblogged this from scientificillustration
  10. doctorpibb reblogged this from scientificillustration
  11. agentleavens reblogged this from scientificillustration
  12. cowboynebula reblogged this from scientificillustration
  13. futuredaniel reblogged this from scientificillustration
  14. kv96ic28 reblogged this from scientificillustration
  15. infragon reblogged this from scientificillustration
  16. p40wolf reblogged this from thisoneassholeyoumightknow and added:
    And people think I’m crazy when I say chickens are vicious.
  17. jkd reblogged this from nofna and added:
    I feel really bad for that prehistoric Donkey who’s getting his shit smashed by a terror bird.
  18. unforgedsignature reblogged this from quieteventer
  19. freakin-nasty reblogged this from suspiciousbiscotti
  20. willow-wanderings reblogged this from scientificillustration
  21. suspiciousbiscotti reblogged this from scientificillustration
  22. mocking-gale reblogged this from nofna
  23. nofna reblogged this from scientificillustration
  24. sonofgloin reblogged this from scientificillustration