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Giant fossil bird found on 'hobbit' island of Flores
BBC ^ | December 7, 2010 | Emma Brennand

Posted on 12/07/2010 2:39:20 PM PST by decimon

A giant marabou stork has been discovered on an island once home to human-like 'hobbits'.

Fossils of the bird were discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores, a place previously famed for the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small hominin species closely related to modern humans.

The stork may have been capable of hunting and eating juvenile members of this hominin species, say researchers who made the discovery, though there is no direct evidence the birds did so.

The finding, reported in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, also helps explain how prehistoric wildlife adapted to living on islands.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: flores; godsgravesglyphs; hobbits; homofloresiensis; indonesia; maraboustork; storks

Artist’s impression of the size of the giant stork next to a Homo floresiensis hobbit
1 posted on 12/07/2010 2:39:24 PM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Storks bring babies ping.


2 posted on 12/07/2010 2:40:18 PM PST by decimon
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To: SunkenCiv

Big Bird!


3 posted on 12/07/2010 2:40:24 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: decimon

It’s a dragon...


4 posted on 12/07/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: decimon

They also had wicked big eagles.

“The Eagles are coming!” from the Hobbit and The Return of the King.


5 posted on 12/07/2010 2:41:39 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: decimon

that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !


6 posted on 12/07/2010 2:43:27 PM PST by Chuzzlewit
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To: decimon

The islands in that area (and Australia) have a bird called the Casawari (sp?). I recall a sign that said “... raise your hands above your head to make yourself appear larger than the bird...” I thought to myself “appear”!!!???

They have been know to attack and kill humans.


7 posted on 12/07/2010 2:43:58 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: Chuzzlewit

No wonder they went extinct!


8 posted on 12/07/2010 2:44:26 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: decimon

I hear hobbits are bitter tasting and runny, hardly a tasty morsel for storks.


9 posted on 12/07/2010 2:45:59 PM PST by pallis
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To: Chuzzlewit
that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !

But does have breasts. What's to be made of this?

10 posted on 12/07/2010 2:53:51 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Here we see possible origins of the dark side of the Jungian Big Bird archetype.


11 posted on 12/07/2010 3:00:36 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: decimon
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12 posted on 12/07/2010 3:26:58 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, A Matter Of Fact, Not A Matter Of Opinion)
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To: decimon

The Witch King of Angmar trained them and Sauron gave them to the wraiths to form the nine “winged Nazgul.”


13 posted on 12/07/2010 3:48:41 PM PST by eCSMaster
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To: Chuzzlewit
that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !

"He" also has pretty big tits, maybe it's not supposed to be a guy.

14 posted on 12/07/2010 4:01:44 PM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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Thanks decimon and KoRn. They probably had to make a *lot* of coleslaw.

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15 posted on 12/07/2010 4:36:09 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guess the stork visiting the family had a rather different meaning in those days.


16 posted on 12/07/2010 4:46:40 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: 3niner
>> that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !

> "He" also has pretty big tits, maybe it's not supposed to be a guy.

If so, that's one FUGLY woman.

Where's the Austin Powers "It's a MAN, baby!" photo?

(I'm not going to mention Helen Thomas, lest someone post -that- photo...)

17 posted on 12/07/2010 4:52:12 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: decimon

Vince Ricardo:I was in the jungle - the bush we called it - for approximately nine months...
Sheldon: Nine months! That must have really been something!
Vince Ricardo: It was. I saw things... They have tsetse flies down there the size of eagles...these giant flies carry off the children.


18 posted on 12/07/2010 5:00:42 PM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: 21twelve

According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Cassowaries are the world’s most dangerous birds, capable of dealing fatal blows. They are very unpredictable, aggressive creatures, especially if wounded or cornered. The Cassowary lives in the rain forests of Australia and New Guinea and are actually pretty shy animals if undisturbed, but if you get to close and it thinks you’re a threat you could receive a bone-breaking kick...

19 posted on 12/07/2010 5:48:01 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks Fred. As I recall, they have a long heel “claw” (spur??) that their primary weapon. Looks like that’s what it is trying to use in the photo.


20 posted on 12/07/2010 6:14:12 PM PST by 21twelve ( You can go from boom to bust, from dreams to a bowl of dust ... another lost generation.)
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To: decimon

If I had to bet it my money’s on the stork....


21 posted on 12/07/2010 6:17:06 PM PST by wendy1946
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To: Chuzzlewit
that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !

Sure he does!

He just took a look at that bird, and it crawled up inside him for safety, is all.

One doesn't want to have any dangling participles in a conversation like that.

22 posted on 12/07/2010 6:20:02 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: 21twelve

it's got feet like a dinosaur...

DINO FOOTPRINTS IN OZ. LINK

23 posted on 12/07/2010 6:23:10 PM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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To: wendy1946
If I had to bet it my money’s on the stork....

Wouldn't be a pretty sight, either.

24 posted on 12/07/2010 6:24:44 PM PST by decimon
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To: 3niner

He’s a homo!!


25 posted on 12/07/2010 6:55:50 PM PST by Pharmboy (What always made the state a hell has been that man tried to make it heaven-Hoelderlin)
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To: Fred Nerks; SunkenCiv
Never, never never rattle the wattles of a cassowary!
26 posted on 12/07/2010 9:47:11 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: Chuzzlewit; All

Yes, but the “guy” in the picture does have boobs.


27 posted on 12/07/2010 11:35:04 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: ApplegateRanch

Good advice! :’)


28 posted on 12/08/2010 10:20:40 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: dayglored
If so, that's one FUGLY woman.

We're not talking about a human here. These "hobbits" are believed to be hominids, but not homo sapiens.

29 posted on 12/09/2010 10:18:40 AM PST by 3niner (When Obama succeeds, America fails.)
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To: decimon; Chuzzlewit
that guy in the picture, doesn’t have any junk !
But does have breasts. What's to be made of this?

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30 posted on 12/09/2010 11:21:26 PM PST by IYellAtMyTV (Workday Forecast--Increasing pressure towards afternoon. Rum likely by evening.)
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