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
Phorusrhacos longissimus
Terrorbird head - head on
Phorusrhacos longissimus
Terrorbird head - right hand side
Phorusrhacos longissimus
Moa skeleton - 164
Dinoris species?
Moa skeleton - 167
Dinoris species?
Moa skeleton - 166
Dinoris species?
Elephant Moa leg - 12
Dinoris elephantopus
Elephant Moa leg - 11
Dinoris elephantopus
Elephant Moa leg - 11
Dinoris elephantopus
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