Palaeognathes - Extinct Ancient Birds

Photographs of Terrorbird head, extinct Moa full skeleton and Elephant Moa leg bones, Terrorbird head, 

Extinct paleognathes group of ratites and tinamous, believed to be most closely related to the dinosaurs, especially the branch of velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus rex.
Phorusrhacos longissimus head, Dinoris skeleton and Dinoris elephantopus skeleton leg.

Other ratites (which evolved into large, flightless birds such as the emu and rhea) are on the following page.

Courtesy of the University Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

Terrorbird head - left hand side
Terrorbird head - left hand side

Phorusrhacos longissimus

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Terrorbird head - head on
Terrorbird head - head on

Phorusrhacos longissimus

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Terrorbird head - right hand side
Terrorbird head - right hand side

Phorusrhacos longissimus

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Moa skeleton - 164
Moa skeleton - 164

Dinoris species?

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Moa skeleton - 167
Moa skeleton - 167

Dinoris species?

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Moa skeleton - 166
Moa skeleton - 166

Dinoris species?

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Elephant Moa leg - 12
Elephant Moa leg - 12

Dinoris elephantopus

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Elephant Moa leg - 11
Elephant Moa leg - 11

Dinoris elephantopus

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Elephant Moa leg - 11
Elephant Moa leg - 11

Dinoris elephantopus

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