Paraphysornis is an extinct genus of giant flightless predatory birds of the family Phorusrhacidae or “terror birds” within the subfamily Brontornithinae that lived in Brazil. Its length was about 2 meter and the skull had a length of 60 centimeter. The only known species is Paraphysornis brasiliensis. It lived 23 million years ago.

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(images: T - Nobu Tamura; B - FunkMonk)

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    Scavenger hunt time! Can you find the terror bird skull in the Reed Gallery of the Age of Mammals on the second floor?
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