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Dromornis stirtoni

Taxonomy:Anseriformes Family, Dromornithidae
Age:Late Miocene
Locality:Northern Territory, Australia
Length:2.5 meters
Height:3.2 meters


Dromornis is a genus of prehistoric birds. It contained the largest flightless birds to have ever existed, standing 3 meters tall and weighing a quarter of a ton. Dromornis lived in Australia from the late Miocene to the early Pliocene, therefore meaning that early humans never encountered this genus. Dromornis had a huge beak and jaw capable of great force but did not have the beak or claws of a carnivore. Dromornis stirtoni was three metres (10 feet) tall and weighed half a ton (500 kilos). It inhabited subtropical open woodlands in Australia during the Late Miocene and may have been carnivorous. It was heavier than Aepyornis and taller than the Moa . Due to the poor fossil record of Dromornis australis (the type species of the genus) and the large time gap between the two Dromornis species, D. stirtoni may eventually be reassigned to the genus Bullockornis. This species had a long neck and stub-like wings, rendering it flightless. Its legs were powerful, but it is not believed to have been a fast runner. The bird's beak was large and immensely powerful, leading early researchers to believe that it was used to shear through tough plant stalks. However, recently others have argued that the size of the beak suggests that the bird was a carnivore. This product is a cast replica from a 3,2 meters high complete skeleton of Dromornis stirtoni and the shipping for this product is free!


Dromornis stirtoni
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