Temporal range: Quaternary
Extinct (1000 AD)
Hansford and Turvey, 2018
|Map of Madagascar showing where specimens have been found|
Taxonomy[change | change source]
Vorombe titan was first described by Charles William Andrews as Aepyornis titan in 1894. It was synonymized with the type species of Aepyornis, A. maximus, by American paleontologist Pierce Brodkorb in 1963. In 2018, James Hansford and Samuel Turvey, two researchers from the Zoological Society of London, found that it was sufficiently distinct from Aepyornis and allocated it in the new genus Vorombe.
Size[change | change source]
The mass estimate of the specimen is comparable to or greater than the mass estimates of the smallest (insular dwarfs) sauropod dinosaurs, Europasaurus (690 kg) and Magyarosaurus (700 to 1,000 kg).
References[change | change source]
- Brodkorb, Pierce (1963). Catalogue of Fossil Birds. Part 1 (Archaeopterygiformes through Ardeiformes) (PDF). Gainesville, FL: University of Florida.
- Hansford, J. P.; Turvey, S. T. (2018-09-26). "Unexpected diversity within the extinct elephant birds (Aves: Aepyornithidae) and a new identity for the world's largest bird". Royal Society Open Science 5 (9): 181295. doi:10.1098/rsos.181295.