Giant flying turkeys once called Australia home

From CNET

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This reconstruction compares (from left) a modern brush turkey, a modern grey kangaroo and the long-extinct Progura gallinacea.


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Turkeys rivaling the size of modern-day kangaroos gobbled their way across Australia about 2 million years ago, according to new research.

Compare the upper wing bone of the extinct species Latagallina naracoortensis (above) with the modern brush-turkey (below). The former is one of five extinct species that researchers have been re-examining


Flinders University

The conclusion followed a discovery of fossils in the Thylacoleo Caves on the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia. The find prompted researchers at Flinders University in Adelaide to take a closer look at modern brush…

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