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Fossil's 21-foot wingspan shows Pelagornis was 'largest flying bird'
Fossil's 21-foot wingspan shows Pelagornis was 'largest flying bird'

Sometimes finding a skeleton in a closet can be a good thing – if you’re a paleontologist. Meet Pelagornis sandersi, a giant bird with a wingspan 21 feet across – so wide that it could have been the size of a (very) small plane. The enormous extinct avian, described in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, pushes the limit of what’s possible in bird flight. The one and only known Pelagornis sandersi fossil’s wings stretch a whopping 6.4 meters (or 20.99 feet) – about twice that of the royal albatross, among the largest living birds capable of taking to the skies. It sported strange tooth-like cones that protruded from its beak. The remarkable bones were actually discovered...

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