Giant, flightless bird in the Arctic 50 million years ago
Extinct bird was two meters tall and several hundred kilos
A single toe bone, found on Ellesmere Island in the 1970's, was recently studied by Canadian scientist Dr. Jaelyn Eberle, the Curator of Fossil Vertebrates at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in Boulder. The toe bone matched perfectly with fossil remains of the large prehistoric herbivore Gastornis, found in Wyoming, and n parts of Europe.
Researachers hope that understanding the Arctic environment, in which Gastornis lived, will provide clues to life in the warmer Arctic of the future.