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Fossil bird found in US had huge wingspan, probably snatched fish from ocean surface

This undated image provided by the Bruce Museum shows a reconstruction image of the world's largest-ever flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi, as identified by Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. The skeleton was discovered in 1983 near Charleston, but its first formal description was released Monday, July 7, 2014, by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The gigantic bird had an estimated wingspan of around 21 feet, about the height of a giraffe. (AP Photo/Bruce Museum, Liz Bradford)

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This undated image provided by the Bruce Museum shows a reconstruction image of the world's largest-ever flying bird, Pelagornis sandersi, as identified by Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Conn. The skeleton was discovered in 1983 near Charleston, but its first formal description was released Monday, July 7, 2014, by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The gigantic bird had an estimated wingspan of around 21 feet, about the height of a giraffe. (AP Photo/Bruce Museum, Liz Bradford)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A fossil found in the U.S. has revealed a gigantic bird that apparently snatched fish while soaring over the ocean some 25 million to 28 million years ago.

Its estimated wingspan of around 21 feet (6.4 metres) is bigger than the height of a giraffe.

The skeleton was discovered in 1983 in South Carolina, but its first formal description was released Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Daniel Ksepka of the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, who wrote the paper, said the creature probably did not land on water. And it was apparently clumsy on land.

The bird is named Pelagornis sandersi. The name honours a retired museum curator who recovered the fossil.

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Journal: http://www.pnas.org

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