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Friday, May 17, 2013

A true Man eater!

By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
Professional Writer, a nature and wildlife enthusiast who has written for many magazines.

Sometimes Legends Are Proven True
Maori Legend Of The Man-Eating Bird
By TCC Team Member Dorraine Fisher
I’m always amazed to listen to people that don’t believe in cryptids of any kind at all. Skeptics claim that they don’t believe simply because the creatures in question haven’t yet been proven by science. Does this mean they absolutely don’t exist? No it doesn’t. Science just hasn’t found them yet. But many legends are proven true. Gorillas, okapis, coelacanths, and giant pandas were all cryptids at one time. The stuff of legend and folklore.
So why do skeptics still keep insisting certain creatures don’t exist?
Case in point: The Maori legend of the man-eating bird has recently been proven true. Te Hakioi, a giant raptor, described in early accounts and depicted on ancient rock drawings as a black and white hawk-like bird, with a red crest, and green-tipped wings has now been confirmed by science in The Journal Of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Also known as Haast's eagle (Harpagornis moorei), discovered in the 1870’s by Sir Julius Von Haast, it was originally believed to be a scavenger because its beak resembled modern scavenging birds like vultures. But scientist recently re-evaluated some of those findings with modern technology gleaned a different result.
These birds, said to be larger than Stellar’s sea eagle, the largest living eagle on earth, had a 9 foot wingspan and weighing nearly 40 lbs. were found to have had the pelvic support to deliver a diving blow to fairly large prey, with their diving speed reaching up to 50 mph. It was said to have claws the size of a tiger, and had the ability to strike and close its talons around its prey just like any modern eagle. Large and strong enough to carry away a small child as the legends suggested.
A true monster of the skies has been proven real. The rest of the so-called cryptids are still waiting for science to prove them. **********DF

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1 comment:

  1. Is it a musiam or what ? It is looking like that due to which I have found a lot fun !!


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