Phorusrhacos Longissimus
Pronounced:  [FOR-uss-RAH-kuss      long-ISS-ee-mus]

Meaning 'the longest rag bearer'

I've found no explanation for this name
It is commonly called the Terror Bird.

This 10' tall wingless bird was the dominant carnivorous predator in South and Central America for almost 100 million years until only 2.5 million years ago.  Imagine a ferocious ostrich, only moreso.  Then the seas dropped, only a few thousand years ago, uncovering the Isthmus of Panama, allowing the Sabertooth Cat and others access to S. America.  Since Phorusrhacos nested on the ground, the Terror Birds had no defense and were a terror no longer.


Until 2005 scientists believed that these birds had claws at the leading edges of wings that were of no apparent use.  But recent fossil discoveries have shown that the 'wings' had reverted to arms and hands similar to a Velociraptor. 


Bird fossils are always very rare because they have such lightly built, hollow bones. Despite her size, Phorusrhacos is no exception, and until recently very little skeletal material had been found.  It is now known that they also lived in Texas and Florida, and when first found in North America were called Titanis walleri.  But further study indicates they were the same animal, and if confirmed, those from N. America will be renamed Phorusrhacus walleri.


For a pattern, for both mounted and framed formats, $7.50

For scrolling instructions, add $3.00

There's no charge for the Phorusrhacos biography (story)

There's no charge for shipping or handling


The scrolling instructions mentioned above consist of about 30 pages with photos.  

See the Wooly Mammoth for an example of a mounted Paleo Pet

or see the Smilodon for a framed pet.

If you order a pattern it will be sent by USPS as soon as your check clears.

The biographies of pets were written for 7th to HS ages and were designed to stimulate discussion between parents and kids.
Like most Paleo Pets, the framed pet may be mounted on a mini easel available at hobby stores for a couple of dollars.
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