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Fossil discovery shows some Australian ‘thunder birds’ had painful bone infection before species went extinct

Fossil discovery shows some Australian ‘thunder birds’ had painful bone infection before species went extinct

Key points:
What caused the demise of the thunder bird isn’t entirely settled
Analysis of fossils found in South Australia has revealed some of the birds had a bone disease
Scientists found the dating of the fossil site coincided with severe drought
This mihirung paringmal (giant bird), sometimes called a “thunder bird” (Genyoris newtoni), weighed five to six times that of an emu, was 2 metres tall, and had a huge beak.

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