Paleo Bites


Phorusrhacos, the Wrinkle Bearer

Ep. 168

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Host Matthew Donald and guest co-host Ben O’Regan discuss Phorusrhacos, the last hurrah of giant land-based theropod dinosaurs as top predators, ruling well after non-avian dinosaurs went extinct. That’s not funny, just cool, but then again these descriptions aren’t really funny anyway. From the Early Miocene, this 9-foot-tall bird was part of a group colloquially known as “terror birds,” which makes all the sense in the world, as I’m certainty quite terrified of this thing. Then again, I’m also terrified of chickens. Have you ever been locked in a coop with an angry chicken?! No, ‘cause then you’d be dead.”

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