As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Is this proof Australian wildlife is related to dinosaurs? Incredible photo of a giant claw baffles the internet - but it's not as rare as you might think

Palaeontology student shared image of cassowary claws during anatomy study 
Sarah Davis said the image shows the clear links between birds and dinosaurs 
The cassowary is native to Australia and is the country's heaviest flightless bird 
PUBLISHED: 00:52, 22 January 2019 | UPDATED: 00:59, 22 January 2019
A palaeontology PhD student has shared an amazing image of a southern cassowary, claiming it is evidence that birds and dinosaurs are related. 
Texas woman Sarah Davis, a palaeontology PhD candidate at the University of Austin, is using the bird to study 'avian anatomy, colour, and feathers as part of multiple graduate research projects' she wrote on her Twitter account. 
'Holding the claws of a male southern cassowary... Just in case any of your friends still need convincing that [bird] equals [dinosaur],' she wrote with the post. 
A palaeontology PhD candidate has shared an amazing image (pictured) of a Southern Cassowary claiming it was another piece of evidence that birds and dinosaurs are related
'I feel incredibly humble to be able to work with such a magnificent bird. Cassowaries are native to Papua New Guinea and Australia, and are fruit eaters.
'But, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to use those impressive claws.' 
The post drew the attention of a number of social media users. 
'I remember the first time I saw a cassowary in real life and was shocked, thinking how the hell could anyone doubt where all the dinosaurs went,' one user wrote.

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