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Prehistoric Bird Used Club-like Wings as Weapon

Long before the knights of medieval Europe wielded flails or martial artists brandished nunchucks, it appears that a flightless prehistoric bird used its own wings as a similar type of weapon in combat.

Paleontologists at Yale and the Smithsonian Institution have discovered that Xenicibis, a member of the ibis family that lived about 10,000 years ago and was found only in Jamaica, most likely used its specialized wings like a flail, swinging its upper arm and striking its enemies with its thick hand bones. (more…)

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