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The Parahesperornis was a flightless bird that used its strong legs, large feet, and big toothy jaw to dive for fish.

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Did you know? The South Carolina State Museum’s Natural History collection includes almost one million unique specimens and fossils and they just added a brand-new one.

The cast skeleton of a Parahesperornis (Latin for “alongside western bird”), a long-extinct bird most closely related to our modern-day ducks and chickens, was just acquired by the museum.

It’s not every day you see a bird that lived 83 million years ago, so stay tuned for when you can check it for yourself. 🦤 *

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