Twitter is freaking out over the model of this prehistoric bird, the Quetzalcoatlus northropi.


This prehistoric bird was ginormous—and everyone’s freaking out

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Kris Seavers


Posted on Feb 16, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:35 am CDT

People on Twitter are absolutely losing their minds over a photo of a gigantic prehistoric bird.

The bird in question is the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, and a photo floated around Twitter on Friday showing a model of the massive creature towering over a measly 6-foot man.

Some people were completely terrified.

Others had questions.

And still others marveled at the sheer size of the Q. northropi, which is the largest known flying creature of all time, according to the National Park Service. Its wingspan is estimated to have been between 36 and 39 feet.

Twitter has Blue Rhino Studio out of Minneapolis to thank for the model of the bird, which is headed to a cultural center in Kuwait where it will presumably give nightmares to anyone passing through.

For all the curious archaeology nerds: The fossil of the Q. northropi was discovered by a University of Texas at Austin student at Texas’s Big Bend National Park in the 1970s, according to the National Park Service. The creature is named after the Mexican deity Quetzalcoatl, who was worshipped by Aztecs, and the bird’s anatomy was so weird that researchers are still trying to figure out how the hell it walked and flew.

It’s too bad that we’ll never get to experience the majesty of the bird in real life. But then again…

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*First Published: Feb 16, 2018, 4:48 pm CST