There are so many things about our fascinating planet that we still do not know which belongs to history. Therefore every minute detail that the scientists and archaeologists discover becomes definitely excitable to us.
A team of archaeologists were working on a discovery of a cave system on Mount Owen in New Zealand three decades ago, when they explored a stunning discovery. It was a dinosaur-like claw with flesh and muscles attached to it, which had been perfectly preserved.
This photograph shows the famous claw.
It was found out that this mysterious claw belongs to a 3,300 year-old extinct bird known to be moa, which had disappeared from the earth nearly about 700 to 800 years ago.
This how this bird had appeared to be.
It is suggested that the bird moa had first appeared on earth 8.5 million years ago. According to the information, there could have been a minimum of species of them. There had been two large species of them reaching out about 12 feet [3.6 m] in height with an outstretched neck and the weight had been about 510 lb [230 kg] and the smallest was similar in size to a turkey.
This photograph shows the difference of size between four species of moa and a human.
These now-extinct and flightless birds had lived in New Zealand.
Scientists have been trying to discover the reason for these birds to be extinct. According to their findings, the birds had disappeared from earth around 700 years ago, immediately after the arrival of humans on the Earth. Some scientists say that this isn’t a coincidence.
Trevor Worthy, an evolutionary biologist says, “The inescapable conclusion is these birds were not senescent, not in the old age of their lineage and about to exit from the world. Rather they were robust, healthy populations when humans encountered and terminated them.”