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.
Quetzalcoatlus northropi model next to a 1.8m man. The largest known flying animal ever exist pic.twitter.com/srbtMAvGhe
— CosmosUp (@CosmossUp) February 15, 2018
Some people were completely terrified.
there goes tonight's sleep… https://t.co/u73xnxtX9k
— Sheldon Carter (@sheldoncarter) February 16, 2018
Let’s not do this
— chronic’s among us (@ChronicBedhead) February 16, 2018
no offense but someone made a mistake https://t.co/WiEamDqUiK
— red sox front office hate club president (@nicebigdog) February 16, 2018
Others had questions.
WHY IS IT… SHAPED LIKE THAT.
— Ehren (@megalonyx_) February 16, 2018
Does anyone have a good recipe for this? How long in the oven?
— Martin Fitzgerald (@FitzySeagull) February 16, 2018
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.
HOLY SHIT https://t.co/2XAy5Riijb
— Penny ☄️ (@_Weaver) February 16, 2018
thats a big bird https://t.co/lnKHCZXtKJ
— zuza (@zuza_real) February 16, 2018
The absolute fucking unit https://t.co/QLyi99xaxc
— frightshark (@FrightShark) February 16, 2018
Don't talk to me or my son ever again. https://t.co/RAWXcD5DOT
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) February 16, 2018
the wrong animals got extincted https://t.co/dfavcrh5Se
— (OMINOUS INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC) (@party_T_rex) February 16, 2018
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…
Imagine the indignity of getting eaten by this clown https://t.co/gw6OhGOsvo
— New Year, New Me (@JurassicArse) February 15, 2018