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Right femur of Bullockornis, a Dromornithid (Bird)

Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia

This femur, or upper leg bone, is the holotype (that is, the first recognised specimen of a new kind of animal) of an enormous bird named Bullockornis planei, described scientifically in the late 1970s. Though they would have looked like emus on steroids, it has since been determined that these birds were more closely related to ducks and geese. As ducks and geese eat plant material, it was assumed that Bullockornis was a vegetarian. When large, robust skulls with huge beaks were found later, and attributed to Bullockornis, some palaeontologists re-interpreted them as carnivores – the ‘Demon Ducks of Doom”!

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  • Title: Right femur of Bullockornis, a Dromornithid (Bird)
  • Type: Fossil
  • Rights: Geoscience Australia / CC-BY 4.0
  • Photographer: Chris Fitzgerald

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