Ergilornis - flightless bird, related to cranes. With only two fingers on feet. From Early Oligocene of Mongolia, related birds are known from Asia till Miocene. Not an ostrich ancestors, but example of convergence.
Beautiful! I love imagining with these kinds of animals that what if these birds had evolved to take the niche of our modern-day ratites. You know, like, alternate evolution.
what was its diet
great do you know of place with good skeletal reference for this bird.
I'd never heard of this one! Great work!
The funny thing about this bird was scientists used it as an argument against the monophyly of the palaeognaths - basically ostriches were giant, flightless cranes.
So was this a wetland bird or a grassland bird?
With didactylous feet - grassland!
Thanks for sharing it, is a very interesting bird!
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I didn't know about this prehistoric bird, great picture and info!
Looks somewhat different compared to your usual style. Or it is just me. Anyway, nice work!
Really amazing bird, you've portrayed it perfectly!