Elephant Birds were Blind, Nocturnal and Taller than Big Bird
December 13, 2018
New research suggests that the giant flightless birds, which went extinct between 500 and 1,000 years ago, were also nocturnal and blind. An analysis of two elephant bird skulls from two species was published Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B
“As recently as 500 years ago, very nearly blind, giant flightless birds were crashing around the forests of Madagascar in the dark. No one ever expected that,” said Julia Clarke, study co-author and professor at the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences.
Featuring: Julia Clarke
, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences; Chris Torres
, graduate student, Integrative biology program ,College of Natural Sciences