STL Science Center

STL Science Center

15 July 2016

Drawing A Bird

©Kelly Lance
When you have teeth or pseudoteeth soft prey are almost always on the menu. Typically, as we mentioned earlier this week, Pelagornis is shown eating fish or simply soaring above the waves. In fact, fish catching pictures are even rather rare with this bird. However, Pelagornis eating a squid is a novel illustration. Remember, the bird is enormous and the squid, therefore, is also extremely large, though not a giant squid still by any means. Grasping the squid like this Pelagornis would be able to easily keep a squirming slippery cephalopod in its beak while re-positioning the catch while trying to swallow the animal.

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