Phororhacos

Phororhacos

 

(also Phorusrhacos), a genus of extinct running birds of the order Phororhaciformes, possibly related to the cranes. Members of the genus were very large, measuring as much as 3 m in height. They had a massive skull, a powerful bill, well-developed legs, and reduced wings. The birds were predators. The genus comprised approximately ten species. Remains are known from Oligocene and Pliocene deposits in Argentina.

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Una manana Pert es atacado por una especie de gallina gigante, en un manual de paleontologia que se ha llevado, se explica que es un Phororhacos (un ave del Mioceno de patagonia) y que en la Antiguedad el descubrimiento de estos fosiles fueron el origen de las leyendas de dragones y basiliscos.