While storks have generally been fictionalized as being the winged bearers of young baby humans, an extinct relative may have actually eaten them.
Researchers recently discovered the fossilized remains of a giant marabou stork on the island of Flores, a place previously put on the map for the discovery of Homo floresiensis, a small hominin species closely related to modern humans. Not only did this bird tower over 6ft, but this meat eater may have also been capable of hunting and eating young “hobbits”.
Scientists estimate that the giant stork existed some 50,000 years ago — sharing the island with a bizarre menagerie of dwarf elephants, giant komodo dragons, and even mega rats.
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