Skip to comments.Extinct New Zealand eagle may have eaten humans
Posted on 09/12/2009 8:48:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono
Sophisticated computer scans of fossils have helped solve a mystery over the nature of a giant, ancient raptor known as the Haast's eagle which became extinct about 500 years ago, researchers said Friday. The researchers say they have determined that the eagle which lived in the mountains of New Zealand and weighed about 40 pounds (18 kilograms) was a predator and not a mere scavenger as many thought.
Much larger than modern eagles, Haast's eagle would have swooped to prey on flightless birds and possibly even the rare unlucky human.
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My suspicion is that’s what doomed it to extinction. Those pesky humans just have no sense of humor.
Only 500? Incredible.
Saw this this morning, and saw it on tv awhile ago too- This bird was HUGE- it was able to kill birds larger than ostrachis’ (sp?) by puncturing their skulls with it’s claws- they laid a normal sized eagle’s skull next to one of htese giants, and it was amazing hte size difference. They’ve know about htis bird for a goodl ong time now- not sure why this is ‘news’ now? This giant has always been a threat to humans because of it’s size- I’m sure it did eat humans from time to time- but they’ve known this was a possibility for a logn time now
i wonder if the author has ever seen a golden eagle up close?
i have. I was hiking on the southern ute reservation outside of durango, co., and i will say that it appeared to be close to 40 lbs. i know, i know birds have hollow bones and lots of feathers, but when you see one in the wild up close, you will NEVER forget it.
Of course, they had to be big. How else would they be able to carry a hobbit or a wizard?
I’ve always been conviced that this bird is why 90% of the unique native bird life in NZ evolved to be nocturnal.
Extinct? SOB...Bush’s fault!
A little early to be thinking about drinking, isn’t it?
You keep me in stitches! Where do you find all these cool articles/pics?! LOL
Thanks for the humor breaks.
It probably bit Helen Thomas
Most likely this eagle, also known as the Hobbit Eagle, went extinct when it’s short, hairy-footed prey went extinct.
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