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Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave

First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe

Date: June 26, 2019
Source: Taylor & Francis Group
Summary: A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

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A surprise discovery in a Crimean cave suggests that early Europeans lived alongside some of the largest ever known birds, according to new research published in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology.

It was previously thought that such gigantism in birds only ever existed on the islands of Madagascar and New Zealand as well as Australia. The newly-discovered specimen, discovered in the Taurida Cave on the northern coast of the Black Sea, suggests a bird as giant as the Madagascan elephant bird or New Zealand moa. It may have been a source of meat, bones, feathers and eggshell for early humans.

“When I first felt the weight of the bird whose thigh bone I was holding in my hand, I thought it must be a Malagasy elephant bird fossil because no birds of this size have ever been reported from Europe. However, the structure of the bone unexpectedly told a different story,” says lead author Dr Nikita Zelenkov from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

“We don’t have enough data yet to say whether it was most closely related to ostriches or to other birds, but we estimate it weighed about 450kg. This formidable weight is nearly double the largest moa, three times the largest living bird, the common ostrich, and nearly as much as an adult polar bear.”

It is the first time a bird of such size has been reported from anywhere in the northern hemisphere. Although the species was previously known, no one ever tried to calculate the size of this animal. The flightless bird, attributed to the species Pachystruthio dmanisensis, was probably at least 3.5 metres tall and would have towered above early humans. It may have been flightless but it was also fast.

While elephant birds were hampered by their great size when it came to speed, the femur of the current bird was relatively long and slim, suggesting it was a better runner. The femur is comparable to modern ostriches as well as smaller species of moa and terror birds. Speed may have been essential to the bird’s survival. Alongside its bones, palaeontologists found fossils of highly-specialised, massive carnivores from the Ice Age. They included giant cheetah, giant hyenas and sabre-toothed cats, which were able to prey on mammoths.

Other fossils discovered alongside the specimen, such as bison, help date it to 1.5 to 2 million years ago. A similar range of fossils was discovered at an archaeological site in the town of Dmanisi in Georgia, the oldest hominin site outside Africa. Although previously neglected by science, this suggests the giant bird may have been typical of the animals found at the time when the first hominins arrived in Europe. The authors suggest it reached the Black Sea region via the Southern Caucasus and Turkey.

The body mass of the bird was reconstructed using calculations from several formulae, based on measurements from the femur bone. Applying these formulae, the body mass of the bird was estimated to be around 450kg. Such gigantism may have originally evolved in response to the environment, which was increasingly arid as the Pleistocene epoch approached. Animals with a larger body mass have lower metabolic demands and can therefore make use of less nutritious food growing in open steppes.

“The Taurida cave network was only discovered last summer when a new motorway was being built. Last year, mammoth remains were unearthed and there may be much more to that the site will teach us about Europe’s distant past,” says Zelenkov.


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Journal Reference:

  1. Nikita V. Zelenkov, Alexander V. Lavrov, Dmitry B. Startsev, Innessa A. Vislobokova, Alexey V. Lopatin. A giant early Pleistocene bird from eastern Europe: unexpected component of terrestrial faunas at the time of early Homo arrivalJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2019; e1605521 DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2019.1605521

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Taylor & Francis Group. “Bird three times larger than ostrich discovered in Crimean cave: First evidence that giant ostrich-like birds once roamed Europe.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 June 2019. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626200313.htm>.

This is FABULOUS news! Huge birds are so awesome! And so dangerous!

Whee!

I got turned onto this by a post by Corinna somewhere at the Centre for Fortean Zoology, facebook, maybe, which I cannot find the link for. So Frustrating.

 

 

the Bunny

Hey, hey, it’s the Bunny!

GIF courtesy of the inimitable ArMaP.

One of the first up-close anomalies ever received from Mars — and to this day one of the most intriguing. NASA says it’s nowt more than a bit if cloth from the landing balloons just passing through in the breeze. Yeah. Right.

I have always maintained that that attempt was just beyond ludicrous, a modern day ‘swamp gas’ salute. Only one of the appendages moves with said ’breeze.’ It simply doesn’t add up. Let’s just say that I would be even more surprised to learn that it was a piece of the airbag than if it was a living creature.

 

 

Monster Bird on the loose in Scotland leaving victims drenched in blood

D. Hatswell #BBRUK Creature Reports #BBR
Published on Jul 5, 2019

A MONSTER bird that left a man soaked in blood is on the loose in the outskirts of Aberdeen. The mystery raptor, which divebombs walkers and cyclists, is believed to have escaped from a local falconer.

www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news…

Just imagine if we are suddenly living back in the day and this is a serious, every day fact of constant concern! Wasnt all that long ago and in some places, it still is. Huge birds are so cool.

 

 

It kept me to eat me. Man is rescued after spending a MONTH in a bear den in Russia

D. Hatswell #BBRUK Creature Reports #BBR
Published on Jun 26, 2019

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Warning Graphic Images. A Russian man looking like a living corpse has been rescued from a bear den after he claims the animal broke his back and left him there for a month. The man, who identified himself only as Alexander, was discovered by hunting dogs in Russia’s remote Tuva region, close to the border with Mongolia, local media says. #BBR #BBRUK

I can only say wow. What a jaw-dropping story. Can you imagine? Waiting to be eaten!

 

 

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Artist: Richard Wilkinson

Collection: Arthropoda Iconicus

Series: Timorpersonae

Source: thegraveghoul

Most monstrous…

Creepski weepski.

 

 

The Madonna and Child

The Madonna and Child, by Maciej Woźniak, via ArtStation.

Source: artstation.com

Alright, I find this strange and disturbing…

 

 

UFO in the sky in Wichita Ks. MUST WATCH!

Amber White
Published on Jun 16, 2019

Good discussion at Tic Tac Looking UFO Filmed In Wichita Kansas Posted On June 16

A tiny taste of the depth of discussion over at the link just above. A reply from my bud ArMaP, (an imaging expert and awesome anomalist and a fine fellow from Portugal), to another poster:

ArMaP
moderator
Registered: 6/24/2004
Location: Portugal
Mood:
Member is on ATS now.

posted on Jun, 21 2019 @ 05:36 AM

originally posted by: galadofwarthethird
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Well I suppose it does look sort of like a tic tac. But is it really as minty fresh as its namesake? The world may never know.

That’s one of the things that makes me suspicious about the original “Tic Tac” video: giving it such a name was a sure way of creating a wave of new “Tic Tac” videos, so now all new sightings are of “Tic Tac UFOs.“

That works in two ways:
1 – it makes it hard to find on an Internet search any other sighting that may have been called “Tic Tac” before the appearance of the now famous “Tic Tac” video, drowning those possible other cases with thousands of pages about the new ones. The same thing happened with 9/11, if we search for any other event that happened on that day on a different (or in the same) year we cannot find a thing that is not related to the events known as ­“September 11 Attacks”;
2 – people new to the UFO scene will accept “Tic Tac” as synonymous with “UFO” and will use that word instead of the old names like “cigar shaped UFO” or even “flying saucer,” ignoring those old names.

I like this sighting and video. It strikes one as legit… referring to the quality, tone and content of the comments made during the filming and the appearance of the object. Some are having trouble with the flaring effect as the thing gets close, image-wise, to the branch… to me it is just sun glare off the surface of the material.

Makes one wonder. Is this a new “flap?” Or is it just a flap of imitatives, by the usual suspects out there in the UFO fakery community?

I am impressed by the Utahnian footage and shockingly, by the recent one supposed to be Russian.

Then again, there is the topic of someone’s agenda, per ArMaP’s thoughts above which have deep meaning in the environment that the subject of UFOlogy has devolved into and the anomalous interest the mainstream (lamestream) media is giving the topic of late.

Much of the video’s glitch issues can, I think, be down to the capabilities of the device, but, of course I could be wrong. The object itself is not giving me much to feel funny about and in fact, brings up memories of the photos taken by Italian Air Force Marshal Giancarlo Cecconi on the 18th of June, 1979 in the notorious Cecconi case. The one just below is one of the best of the lot.

Cecconi case

That case… is awesome.

Dig it.

Hey, here’s a good stabilization effort…

Analysis Of UFO Video: Stabilized To Foreground Trees – “UFO in the sky in Wichita Ks. MUST WATCH!”

VIdeo Drop
Published on Jun 21, 2019

Source: https://youtu.be/z-91Nobn2xk

Nice!

 

Ron Schmidt

Funeral and end of life costs

My brother, Ronald Schmidt passed away suddenly in his home on June 20th . He leaves behind a son and daughter. He shared his home with his daughter Katherine Raquel Schmidt in Las Vegas Nevada.

I have created this campaign to help his daughter, who finds herself in a difficult situation. Although it was my brothers intent to leave his home and his worldly possessions to his daughter, he had not yet made out his will. All donations will go directly to his daughter for help with funeral, lawyer, some outstanding medical bills for his hospital stay just prior to his passing and other end of life cost she will incur. And to help alleviate some of the financial pressure that will be upon her and her family in the next few months while she gets things sorted out.

My brother suffered from an ulcerated leg condition which grew worse as he became older, so he was forced to leave work a number of years ago and take early retirement, thus there are no savings for the family to fall back on. His daughter helped care for him.

Ronald was well loved by his family and many friends, and will be remembered for his love of rock hounding and collecting, for his involvement and enthusiasm in the Standauffish Renaissance Guild (pictured above) and his dream for building a permanent site for the Guild and of course his unwavering fascination in all things “Alien.”

He was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed .

Ron Schmidt zorgon

 

He was and is an inspiration to me. He had more contacts than you could shake a stick at and was a fabulous researcher of many Fortean topics.

 

Please help his daughter and family. They need our love, too.

For your consideration… ATS Threads of Note by Zorgon

 

The Dinosaur of Delamere, Tree breaks, Strange Growls and Vandalised Bike Paths

D. Hatswell Creature Reports
Published on Jun 12, 2019

Join BBR and get your name on the Map of Worldwide Researchers, helping people to meet up with other researchers, witnesses, podcasters and many others. For a small fee of £2.99. Get your membership here www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-Bi… Read the Witness Accounts Here www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1797797034 To see my videos before they are public, or to view exclusive podcasts and worldwide Cryptid reports please pop along to my Patreon Channel. I will be adding all of my sighting accounts here and many world wide reports I have collected over the years. www.patreon.com/DeborahHatswe…

Delamere Forest is so old, it has scars from ice-age glaciers of 10,000 years ago and its origins go way back into the mists of time. Rumours and reports of strange animals in Delamere Forest can be dated back to the Romans.  The Romans cut a straight road through the forest to connect the fortress town of Chester to the salt mines of Northwich. The Romans reported hearing the loud roar of an unknown beast and frequently found deer and wild boars torn apart. There were also stories that some soldiers went missing trying to find the strange animal. At this time, Delamere Forest stretched right up to the southern banks of the Mersey. WEREWOLF RESEARCH

This is a great post from our Deb and it is chock full of Fortean finery.

 

 

Strange Figure Captured at Cannock Chase March 2019! Part 1

D. Hatswell Creature Reports
Published on Jun 7, 2019

Hello Everybody and Welcome to our new Podcast, if you are a new subscriber or a long term listener you will hear reports here before I release them to the public. I will be bringing you sighting accounts and reports from the witnesses themselves and any updates or area searches that take place in the future, until then please relax as I take you to one of the UK’s best known Creature Hotspots home to Bigfoot Like Creatures, Dogmen, Werewolves and even the odd Pigman sightings, and thats just the creatures all many of strange events happen at Cannock and it is one of our teams regular meeting spots. The first report came in on the 3/6/19 and is the latest account in a long line of reports from the chase. I will be bringing you further episodes featuring the conundrums Cannock Chase manifests.Hi Deborah, I am a member of a paranormal team and we often investigate out at Cannock Chase as our team are in the process of carrying out a longitudinal (long de tudinal) study across the Chase. We have conducted repeated observations of the area over a long period of time. As most Bigfoot Researchers do when studying one set of woods over a number of seasons in the hopes of gathering evidence or spotting a pattern or any anomalies that may occur. The study on this night was taking place on the Golf course close to the common on Cannock Chase.

Deb

Cannock Chase Podcast Part 2

D. Hatswell Creature Reports
Published on Jun 8, 2019

Core Hill Wood Sept 2016 Witness account: “I have been picking my walks carefully over the past week and today I decided to go into my local woods approximately one mile away @7pm. As soon as we got there, we being me and my daughter we decided to walk off the beaten path which we would not normally do. We walked about a 1/4 mile in and I started to see shelters made against trees with branches? lots of leaning sticks and twigs, at this point sunset was at 7.45pm, so it was already starting to get dimpsy (dusk/twilight). I’m stood looking at these branches and sticks ‘someone/thing’ had gone to a lot of trouble to pull branches big enough that I think a couple of men may have struggled with. It just did not make sense to me at all.At this point i’m still not convinced and im trying to debunk all this mess. Im also finding loads of broken branches from saplings or trees scattered that hadn’t made it into the pile/structure? We left this area and continued for about 1/2 a mile, and there is another branch/stick shelter I presume is for cover but this one was made much lower to the ground.

Would you like to join our Bigfoot Members group and meet up with like minded people out in the field or online. If you have an interest in Bigfoot, Dogman and other Cryptid creatures and you would like to meet up or chat online with people with similar interests in your area to research or just for a general chat, this Members map could be the perfect solution. All you need is a membership to BBR (which is free you only pay for PP) and we can add you to the map where each member has a contact email.

You can get your memberships by paypal.me/BigfootResearch?loc… Or by contacting Deb directly at debbiehatswell@gmail.com or by visiting ebay www.ebay.co.uk/itm/British-Bi… Memberships are free we only charge a one off fee of £2.99 for admin and PP Or by Donating here paypal.me/BigfootResearch?loc… You will also receive free podcasts before they are made public and any new sightings that come in.

Once you are a member you will have access to the private map along with a number of social media options to meet up with our other members, you will be able to access and share finds or just read the sighting accounts. Please let me know if you want to be added to the map, I would need an email address or a contact of some kind (anyone wishing to remain anon can leave their name on file with me and I will forward any mail) and which name you would prefer. A short bio would help other members to know what your interests are. We can then also add you to a monthly live Youtube feed where we give updates on current accounts and any evidence finds. It also enables you to chat to members in the chat box alongside the video. We will also send a monthly Newsletter email for the same purposes, it will also inform you of any meets happening around the country.

Please feel free to do as little or as much as you prefer. Some people arrange meets, do podcasts, video the sighting areas, meet the witnesses, other search online for any possible sighting account or strange experiences, and some members prefer to just sit back and observe. We will be contacting the Woodland Trust and other organisations over the year asking them for any possible disabled accessible areas we can use so all members can be included in the meet ups.

Deb

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Ripping good cryptozoological intrigue from the files of our Deb, Queen of the Woodwose!

Sweet.

 

 

Within and Without

Here’s the first poster for the newest film from my dear friend Frank S Petrilli!

It’s called Within and Without.

The tag line… “After death, life flows on.”

How Fortean is that?

And, if Frank is involved, it’s gonna kick ass!

I hope I get to see it soon.