Its massive wings should have made this now-extinct bird a supremely good glider

By Allison Bohac, 18:38 PM July 13, 2014

A partial skull and a handful of other bones is all that’s left of one enormous bird. Construction workers unearthed its fossil parts three decades ago near Charleston International Airport in South Carolina. But this animal predated that airport and any nearby towns by some 28 million years. Now scientists think they’ve answered an important question about this supersized bird: Could it fly? And their conclusion: Not by using its wings alone.

This Pelagornis sandersi had a wingspan of 6.4 met...

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