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Old 01-06-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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Long before the knights of medieval Europe wielded flails or martial artists brandished nunchucks, it appears that a flightless prehistoric bird used its own wings as a similar type of weapon in combat.

Paleontologists at Yale University and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered that Xenicibis, a member of the ibis family that lived about ten thousand years ago and was found only in Jamaica, most likely used its specialized wings like a flail, swinging its upper arm and striking its enemies with its thick hand bones.

"No animal has ever evolved anything quite like this," said Nicholas Longrich of Yale, who led the research. "We don't know of any other species that uses its body like a flail. It's the most specialized weaponry of any bird I've ever seen."



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Pretty sweet man.

Did you know pterosaurs are actually not classified under dinosaurs? That they're a separate taxon (i think) and divided amongst dactyls and rhamphorynchoidea. And that apparently crocodiles and birds are much closer relatives than crocodiles are to squamates (lizards and snakes).

dis is tuff/hard, but i feel like they'd be real vulnerable from the back. like if i fought, i could slide underneath their legs and kick them in the tailfeather. but then they got their long ass beaks to easily poke ya. surely something could make them their b!tch. i can see some intense wingslappin battles happening tho. more intense than the bullsh!t trifle squabbles that the Jersey Shore fistfights consist of.

to this day man its awesome how we attempt to replicate nature. sonar and the echolocation of whales and bats. glueguns and the chemicals termites secret. airplanes from the birds. wax coating on apples.

i hope we give our animal friends da props they deserve.
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Don't front man, you know you're wondering how they taste breaded

I did not know all that, but I have heard that Dinos evolved into birds and that Crocs are modern day Dinos so that would make sense.

You should check out my thread about energy, they found a hornet that uses it's exoskeleton to harness solar energy and convert it into usable energy.
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Yeah, they're Predacons.

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I feel like I should know about that picture but I don't and I am intrigued. Is that a silver dollar or a shield?
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"No animal has ever evolved anything quite like this," said Nicholas Longrich of Yale, who led the research. "We don't know of any other species that uses its body like a flail. It's the most specialized weaponry of any bird I've ever seen."

And what's up with this bro? Is he even a paleontoligist?



Ankylosaurus be crushing ankles yo. Or stegosaurus, or any other tailed weapon dinosaur.
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