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PostSubject: Teratorns - the monster birds   Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:03 pm

Have any of you heard of these giant birds?


Dr. Kenneth Campbell and reconstruction of a Teratorn. (Natural History Museum LA)

The Thunderbird is a giant bird of Native American lore. Throughout history and prehistory there have been stories and depiction's of giant birds in many of the worlds cultures, but these stories of course are generally considered by academicians to be purely fictitious.

But there fossil evidence for such giant birds that have been found in abundance and especially throughout the Americas! These giant “flight capable birds” are officially called “Teratorns” and both fossils and full sized reconstruction's of them are featured in museum displays.

Paleontological evidence shows that such monster sized birds as “Argentavis Magnificens” which had a wingspan of 25 ft.! sported feathers fully 5 ft. long! was 11 ft. in length from beak to tail, and weighed 170 pounds! shared the Earth with Humans as little as 10,000 years ago! A fact that surely generated the many ancient stories about the “Thunderbird” and one from which we might speculate that some such creatures may have held out longer, perhaps even unto the present day! For it is a fact that reports of birds the size of small airplanes though rare, still persist!

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Can you imagine coming face to face with a bird that size??? affraid
What is the largest bird you have seen? I think the California condor is the biggest one I've seen.


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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:33 pm

HOLY COW, Carol! What a picture!!

I think the biggest bird I've ever seen was an eagle. It was big, but it wasn't THAT big!!
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:03 pm

affraid I sure am glad I don't live 10,000 years ago, I would've been eaten alive by them or died of massive heart attack. :faint2:

The biggest bird I've seen was also an eagle. Condors I've only seen in pictures.



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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 1:27 pm

Really BIG....isn't it? I'm glad I didn't live back then...By the way, in those times, there were giant animals to whom I would never liked to approach, for sure... batEyes

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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 6:04 pm

WOW! I've never heard of that bird before. It's a little scary actually, b/c it's so big!




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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:00 pm

There are reports of sightings of big birds all over... I wonder if some of those huge birds still exist. I guess we can not know 100% sure if there are or are not... new species of different animals are found still today.... so who knows...


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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:31 pm

I wonder how big a pot pie that bird would make..............
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:43 pm

Carol wrote:
There are reports of sightings of big birds all over... I wonder if some of those huge birds still exist. I guess we can not know 100% sure if there are or are not... new species of different animals are found still today.... so who knows...

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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:47 pm

Oh fine. I'm talking about making him into pot pie, and Rob posts a picture of Big Bird. :Hahaha:
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:52 pm

I thought it was a web-footed red-crested lake loon. Whistle
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 7:57 pm

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
They all began to sing.
Now, wasn't that a dainty dish
To set before the King?


The King was in his countinghouse,
Counting out his money;
The Queen was in the parlor
Eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes.
Along there came a big black bird
And snipped off her nose!





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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:00 pm

If it is, Rob, don't put him in a pot pie. FOLLOW him. He'll get you home. grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:05 pm

:Hahaha: Rhonda! Gadzooks.........THAT black bird would snip off your HEAD.
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:05 pm

Rob wrote:
Carol wrote:
There are reports of sightings of big birds all over... I wonder if some of those huge birds still exist. I guess we can not know 100% sure if there are or are not... new species of different animals are found still today.... so who knows...

Many and wonderful are the ways of nature. batEyes


ROTFL Rob! Frying pan


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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:27 pm

Carol wrote:

ROTFL Rob! Frying pan


I'm not sure...but I think this makes the fourth time today that you've been clobbered, Rob. Is that a record? batEyes
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:27 pm

Carol wrote:
Rob wrote:
Carol wrote:
There are reports of sightings of big birds all over... I wonder if some of those huge birds still exist. I guess we can not know 100% sure if there are or are not... new species of different animals are found still today.... so who knows...

Many and wonderful are the ways of nature. batEyes


ROTFL Rob! Frying pan

Well, Carol, you DID asked what was the biggest bird we have seen?! :Hahaha:



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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:29 pm

ROTFL Savannah! Somehow, I have a feeling that Rob enjoys it!!



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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:38 pm

Savannah wrote:
Carol wrote:

ROTFL Rob! Frying pan


I'm not sure...but I think this makes the fourth time today that you've been clobbered, Rob. Is that a record? batEyes

I think so... but I'm not sure. For some reason I'm having a hard time remembering. stars
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:46 pm

A hard time remembering?? :shifty: I have two words for you: Stump water. batEyes
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:54 pm

grinsmiley

It's all frozen! Do stumpwater popsicles also cure that memory loss problem, that there magnesia?
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 10:56 pm

It's a slower process, I'm sure. But you'd better take a friend with you. I'm not sure how potent it might be, frozen!
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:02 pm

Mmm, tastes like a banana daiquiri.

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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:10 pm

:faint2: :alright: I warned you not to try it alone. . . . Get some rest, Rob......It'll be alright.


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You know....it occurred to me, Carol.....if Opie saw THIS bird, I bet he'd stop terrorizing our Parakeet. grinsmiley
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PostSubject: Re: Teratorns - the monster birds   Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:44 am

Lily wrote:
Carol wrote:
Rob wrote:
Carol wrote:
There are reports of sightings of big birds all over... I wonder if some of those huge birds still exist. I guess we can not know 100% sure if there are or are not... new species of different animals are found still today.... so who knows...

Many and wonderful are the ways of nature. batEyes


ROTFL Rob! Frying pan

Well, Carol, you DID asked what was the biggest bird we have seen?! :Hahaha:

Yes... yes I did. What's worse... my post and his reply makes sense Laughing
He had to be a wise guy! ninchucks lol


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