BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It is indeed wondrous to see what we can learn from some dusty old bones. A team of scientists from the US and China has managed to reconstruct the model of a gigantic prehistoric bird using a toe bone. According to their assessment, gigantic birds once roamed the Ellesmere Island, a part of the high Arctic region, approximately 50 million years ago.
The discovery itself isn’t entirely new, according to the team of scientists. The toe bone used to reconstruct the profile of the gigantic high Arctic bird was discovered almost 40 years ago by a team of paleontologists. Unfortunately, since its discovery, the toe bone remained in a dark corner, so to say, never to be heard from again.
But, it would seem that the toe bone still has a lot of things to say to the researchers. According to the tea in charge of the project, the event that prompted the scientists into taking another look at the forgotten bone is a recent archeological discovery in Wyoming.
At the digging site, the researchers found the fossils of a gigantic prehistoric bird called Gastornis. Upon further analysis, the researchers have discovered that the toe bone found 40 years ago, matched the fossils recovered from the Wyoming digging site.
Now comes the fun part: the reconstruction of the bird that inhabited the Ellesmere Island, a part of the high arctic region. According to their projection, Gastornis lived approximately 50 million years ago. Moreover, the scientists concluded that although the bird had wings and feather, it was not capable of taking off the ground.
It would also seem that the bird was pretty big in comparison to other species of prehistoric birds. According to their determinations, Gastornis was approximately 6 feet tall and might have weighed several hundred pounds.
A team of scientists from the University of Colorado and Chinese Academy of Sciences has discovered that gigantic birds once roamed the Ellesmere Island. But, the Arctic scenery was entirely different back then.
According to the scientists in charge of the project, back when Gastornis was roaming the Earth, the Arctic Circle was devoid of snow and ice. Many of them have speculated that the Gastornis’s hunting ground resemble the cypress swamp region of Florida.
The study was published in the Scientific Reports. Also, it should be noted that the team was not only interested in Gastornis. According to the study’s abstract, along with Gastornis, the team managed to write a few words about another species of Arctic birds called Presbyornis. This species of birds was very similar to modern geese. Also, compared to the Gastornis, Presbyornis was capable of flight.