NT Museum ponders weight of giant geese fossil find

Subject: NT Museum ponders weight of giant geese fossil find
Date: Thu, 15 Aug 2002 10:21:19 +1000
>From today's ABC online news:

The Northern Territory Museum says it has found the fossilised remains
of giant geese in central Australia, a significant scientific find.

The museum's Peter Murray says two of the species of geese discovered
would have weighed between 150 and 200 kilograms each.

They roamed the Al Coota area, north-east of Alice Springs, up to 8
million years ago.

He says the largest species would have weighed up to half a tonne.

"These of course are flightless birds and they looked rather like emus
and ostriches or moas but in fact we found they're really related to
ducks and geese," he said.

"In fact they're giant geese, giant flightless geese which, of course,
makes them all the more peculiar."

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