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Genyornis newtoni is a species of large, flightless bird that lived in Australia during the Late Pleistocene period. It was over two meters tall and was likely either herbivorous or omnivorous. Their closest living relatives are fowl. They became extinct 30,000-5,000 years ago and were likely hunted to extinction by humans. There are rock art paintings in Australia that are 40,000 years old that depict two Genyornis. It has even been theorized that they might have survived later than this, but this has yet to be proven.

Life restoration of Genyornis newtoni

Taxonomy[]

The species was first described in 1896 by Edward Charles Stirling and A. H. C. Zietz, the authors giving the epithet newtoni for the Cambridge professor Alfred Newton.

Description[]

Genyornis newtoni was a medium size dromornithid with a robust body.

Distribution[]

This mihirung has been found at sites in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, and Western Australia.

Decline[]

Two main theories propose a cause for megafauna extinction - human impact and changing climate.

In popular culture[]

  • Genyornis appears in an episode of the BBC documentary Monsters We Met where one is seen protecting its nest from a group of early humans until a Megalania comes and chases it off.
  • Genyornis appeared in the documentary Death of the Megabeasts.

Gallery[]

References[]

http://australianmuseum.net.au/genyornis-newtoni

Genyornis Monsters We Met

Monsters We Met Genyornis.

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