Fossils reveal largest airborne bird

Extinct avian may not have flapped, but it could glide

By Allison Bohac, 20:23 PM July 8, 2014

A partial skull and a handful of other bones is all that’s left of the largest bird to ever take to the air. Unearthed near Charleston International Airport in South Carolina, the newly described Pelagornis sandersi darkened the skies about 28 million years ago. Its wingspan stretched to 6.4 meters, or about half the length of a city bus and twice the wingspan of the biggest living flier, the wandering albatross. Scientists previously thought that no albatross-like avian with a wingspan great...

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