Argentavis

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Argentavis magnificens
Temporal range: late Miocene, 8–6 mya
Argentavis magnificens.JPG
Reconstruction of A. magnificens
Scientific classification
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Incertae sedis (disputed)
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Argentavis
Binomial name
Argentavis magnificens
Campbell & Tonni, 1980

Argentavis magnificens is one of the two largest flying birds ever discovered.[1] This bird, sometimes called the Giant Teratorn, is an extinct species known from three sites from the late Miocene of central and northwestern Argentina, where a good sample of fossils have been obtained.[2]

Currently accepted estimates:

References[change | change source]

  1. The other is Pelagornis.
  2. Ancient American bird was glider. BBC, 2007-JUL-02. Retrieved 2008-JAN-14
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Chatterjee S; Templin R.J. & Campbell K.E. 2007. "The aerodynamics of Argentavis, the world's largest flying bird from the Miocene of Argentina". PNAS 104 (30): 12398–12403. doi:10.1073/pnas.0702040104. PMC 1906724. PMID 17609382. 
  4. Teratorns. Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County.