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Re: If the asteroid had missed...



On 3/15/07, David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at> wrote:
John Bois wrote:
> Yet, terror birds staged a large carnivorous come back in SA
[...]
> And why did it ultimately fail?

Good question. When did it fail? Aren't there Pleistocene phorusracids in
Uruguay?

Arguably it hasn't quite failed yet. Being (primarily) terrestrial and carnivorous is plesiomorphic for phorusrachids--those conditions are common to other _Cariamae_ as well, including extant seriemas. (Although you could quibble over whether seriemas are "large".) -- Mike Keesey