Talk:Teratornithidae

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Woodburnensis[edit]

How do you like my new inclusion of the recent species, Woodburnensis?

I think this really adds weight to the possibility of Teratorn nearly approximating the size of Aiolornis Incredibilis living into quite recent (very late Pleistocene, nay perhaps Holocene?) eras. --75.175.83.76 (talk) 19:30, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

What is the full citation for Campbell & Stenger 2002? I can't find any mention of this species outside some local news reports. Looks like it could be a nomen nudum. MMartyniuk (talk) 23:02, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

I'll have to email either Campbell or Stenger to see what the current status of this potential species is. --75.175.83.76 (talk) 01:13, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

This seems to be a pretty important find, so I'll let y'all know what I find.--75.175.83.76 (talk) 18:19, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

I'm wondering if Teratornis Woodburnensis is a new species at all, or just a larger variant of Teratornis Merriami? Which I suppose could necessitate the designation of new species perhaps. From what I have read in news reports the wingspan is put at 14 feet, but estimates range from 12 to 16 ft.--75.175.83.76 (talk) 18:24, 10 August 2011 (UTC)

Need to change the illustration[edit]

If the following is true:

  "As teratorns were not habitual scavengers, they most likely had completely feathered heads, unlike vultures."

then the artist's conception:

   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Teratornis_BW.jpg

should show a less vulture-like image. Pinkpedaller (talk) 06:22, 21 October 2011 (UTC)