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‘Demon ducks of doom’ laid melon-size eggs in prehistoric Australia

Scientists have finally solved a 41-year-old mystery involving an ancient eggshell of a large, extinct land bird with a demonic nickname.

In 1981, researchers in Australia discovered the charred remains of numerous eggs from multiple cooking fires used by prehistoric humans some 50,000 years ago. Some of the eggs have been identified as emus eggs. But a few oversized specimens belonged to a second, unknown bird. For years, scientists debated the identity of this large bird. But given the size and age of the eggs, two contenders have emerged over time: programa group of large turkey-like birds, or genjornissometimes referred to as “Demon Ducks of Destiny” because of their enormous size and evolutionary relationship to the smaller waterfowl.

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