Sunday, 25. January 2015 - 19:01
29. 11. 12. - 19:00
The last time this prehistoric monster known as the Paraphysornis or "terror bird" walked the earth was 25 million ago.
But now after more than 800 hours of painstaking reconstruction using an almost complete fossil of an extinct Paraphysornis, scientists have managed to recreate how it looked by producing a full-feathered life-size model.
The terror bird was unable to fly, but was nevertheless one of the ancient ancestors of the modern birds and it is now on show at Vienna's National History Museum in the Austrian capital.
Although it couldn't fly it had little to fear from contemporaries and was able to use its massive beak to ensure its place in the prehistoric food chain.
Capable of growing up to a height of 3 meters the carnivorous Paraphysornis and its relatives first roamed the earth around 60 million years ago and it was probably still present around 17,000 years ago, according to experts.
And although this monster no longer exists in the XL size it still has a distant relative to be found in South America, although the survivor has a lot to live up to – as it rarely grows above 90 centimetres. The feathers for the monster copy were also supplied by the terror birds relatives in South America.
Museum spokeswoman Ursula Göhlich said: "Worldwide this is the first ever model of a terror bird in the original size and it was recreated by zoologists in our own research centre. Staff invested around 800 hours to reconstruct how it would have looked from a complete skeleton."
Mad About Mammoths At Vienna Museum
A unique exhibition in the Austrian capital Vienna has proved a massive hit after bringing together for the first time some of the most famous frozen woolly mammoth remains.
Spate of Crimes throughout Vienna and Lower Austria Solved
Four men have been arrested after committing 113 break-ins, 21 thefts and causing at least 260,000 Euros worth of damage.
Dad Punished Child, 2, With Boiling Hot Shower
A two-year-old girl is in an artificial coma and fighting for her life after her father threw her into a scalding hot shower leaving her with severe burns at the family home in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Police And Firemen Get Cold Turkey
Flipping the bird was given a new meaning in Austria this week when a truck filled with plucked turkeys overturned, closing a busy motorway in the process.
Halloween At The Zoo
Pumpkin pie might be the order of the day for people this Halloween but now zoo animals are also getting in on the act.
Baby Naked Mole Rats Born In Vienna
With their pink hairless bodies and fangs for front teeth, these baby naked mole rats were never going to win any cuteness contests at Schonbrunn Zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Jihad Girls Gunpoint Retraction Of Desire To Go Home
Austrian anti-terrorism police believe that an interview given to a French magazine allegedly with one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria to join in the jihad was probably carried out at gunpoint.
MEP caught In Brit papers Fraud Probe Jailed
A corrupt MEP caught by a British newspaper offering to propose amendments to EU laws in exchange for 100,000 euros a year has been given a three-year-jail term.
Vienna Jihad Girls Want To Come Home
The two Austrian teenage girls who became ‘poster girls’ for the jihad in Syria are now desperate to come home after getting completely disillusioned with their new lifestyles.
Viennese Jihad Girl May Have Been Killed
Austrian police say that one of the two attractive young teenage girls who fled the country to go to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels may have been killed.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days