Teratornithidae

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Teratornithidae

[‚ter·ə·tȯr′nith·ə‚dē]
(paleontology)
An extinct family of vulturelike birds of the Pleistocene of western North America included in the order Falconiformes.
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The final section looks at aerial killers; teratorns, condors, and eagles.
GIANT-KILLING Before they disappeared, woolly mammoths and other massive beasts such as sabre-toothed cats, giant sloth, camels, and teratorns (predatory birds with a nearly four-metre wingspan) roamed freely across North America.
Analyses of the bone collagen extracted from the teratorns and western black vultures preserved in the La Brea tar pits between 35,000 and 10,000 years ago suggest that those birds consumed only the remains of browsers such as ground sloths and grazers such as bison.