GIGANTIC TURKEYS RULED AUSTRALIAN TREETOPS
As we all know, Australia has a long list of animals, insects and even plants that could kill us. From blue rock to octopus to the great white shark, Australia is a land of poison, sting and sting, home to some of the world’s most deadly and dangerous wildlife.
Travel a few million years and Australia was even more dangerous. The mega-fauna and flora, the enormous birds and the terrifying reptiles have littered the Australian landscape.
Not surprisingly, Palaeontologists at Flinders University revealed that Australia was home to at least five species of giant birds. One of these birds was a turkey the size of an adult gray kangaroo floating in the treetops.
“It was quite surprising because, previously, we suspected that there were maybe one or two extinct species whose identity was uncertain, we found out that there were five different species in Australia before the ‘ Arrival of human beings on the continent, “said lead author of Research and Ph.D. at Flinders University Elen Shute said.
The extinction of Megapode lived in Australia more than 10,000 years ago. Unlike their gigantic flying cousins, the turkey had the ability to fly because of their fine bone structure (they weighed only 8 kilograms).
According to the researchers, despite their “nuggety” bodies, these turkeys will roll in the treetops. This could be because they lacked feet capable of digging mounds like their modern loved ones. They were most likely omnivores feasting on plants, small reptiles and insects.
The study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Open Science explains the diversity of giant birds:
“These discoveries are quite remarkable because they tell us that more than half of the Australian megapods disappeared during the Pleistocene,” says lead author Elen Shute.
The discovery of new species of birds came after the fossils found in Curramulka Quarry in southern Australia in 1990 were further analyzed. The results of the team revealed the three new species ……….