|Hanneke Meijer and Rokus Due Say Giant Stork Once Roamed Indonesian Island |
In this undated sketch by Inge van Noortwijk and released by John Wiley & Sons, a six-foot (180 centimeters)-tall giant stork stands next to a dwarf Homo floresiensis that had lived on the remote island of Flores in Indonesia. According to the December 2010 issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, fossils of the giant stork, which lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, have been discovered on the far-flung Indonesian island that has been home to many extreme-sized creatures, from tiny human-like "hobbits" and dwarf elephants to the world's largest-known rats and lizards. AP Photo/John Wiley & Sons, Inge van Noortwijk.
By; Robin McDowell, Associated Press
JAKARTA (AP).- Fossils of a giant stork have been discovered on a far-flung Indonesian island that has been home to many extreme-sized creatures from tiny human-like "hobbits" and dwarf elephants to the world's largest-known rats and lizards.
Authors Hanneke Meijer and Rokus Due wrote in the December issue of the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society that leg bones from the marabou stork, which lived 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, indicate it stood around 6 feet (180 centimeters) tall and weighed up to 35 pounds (16 kilograms).
It appears to have been primarily land-based, they wrote.
The bones were found during excavations of the Liang Bua cave in the west of the island of Flores at a depth of around 15 feet (4.7 meters).
Flores, located on Indonesia's eastern edge, has never been connected to another island or mainland, shaping evolution of historic wildlife, with many small-sized warm blooded animals growing larger than elsewhere on the planet, and big-sized mammals becoming more diminutive, said Colin Groves, a professor at Australian National University who was not related to the study, citing the so-called "island rule" in biology.
With no mammalian carnivores, birds and reptiles faced less competition for food, accounting for some of their massive size.
Even today, rats more than 16 inches (40 centimeters) from head to body can be found on Flores. It is also home to Komodo dragons, the largest lizards on earth, which grow to be up to 10 feet (3 meters) long, weighing up to 150 pounds (70 kilograms).
At the same time, food scarcities, as compared to on the continent, may have contributed to reduced sizes of elephants and others.
Most famously, the bones of a 4-foot (120-centimeter)-high high human species, popularly known as the 'hobbit,' or Homo floresiensis, which survived until around 17,000 years ago, were also found on the island.
Meijer, a paleontologist from the National Museum of Natural History in Leiden, the Netherlands, and Due, from the National Archaeological Research Center in Jakarta, noted that their stork "must have towered over the tiny H. floresiensis."
Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.
December 12, 2010
First Solo Show in South America of Works by Georg Baselitz Opens in Sao Paulo
Art Institute Showcases Innovative Projects Linking Architecture and Design Practices
Mexican Archaeologists Say Tonina Ballgame Court may Be the One Described in Popol Vuh
Dedicated Sale of 20th Century British Art Announced at Sotheby's for December 15th
Museum für Moderne Kunst Presents New Frankfurt Internationals: Stories and Stages
Lichtenstein Painting Originally Purchased for $27.50, Sells for $128,700 at Quinn's
Paul Kasmin Gallery Opens New Space in Istanbul with Exhibition by David La Chapelle
Iranian Film Today Festival Returns to the High Museum of Art for the 13th Year
18 Cross-Generational Artists will Be Featured in MoMA PS 1's Presentation of The Talent Show
Designing Media, a New Book by Bill Moggridge, Explores New and Traditional Media
Hanneke Meijer and Rokus Due Say Giant Stork Once Roamed Indonesian Island
Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, David Becker, Dies
An Exhibition of Photographs by Cleveland-Born Nathan Harger Opens at Hasted Kraeutler
Fine Arts Center Presents an Exhibition of Over 100 Works by Contemporary Mexican Ceramic Artists from Tonalá
Andrew Skurman Receives Chevalier des Arts Medal for Architecture from France
"El Nacimiento": Selected Nativities from the Boeckman Collection on View at the Tyler Museum of Art
Children's Book Illustrations Conjure Magic from Real Life at Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers
Columbia Museum of Art Implements Renewable Energy Project with Grant from the US Department of Energy
Nasher Sculpture Center Presents Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy
United States Artists Announces 50 USA Fellowships for 2010
Most Popular Last Seven Days
1.- Ancient erotic frescoes get makeover at the Contemporary Art Museum in Casoria
2.- One million dollar Pablo Picasso painting yours for just $135 in online charity raffle
3.- Robert L. Oswald, Brother of Lee Harvey Oswald Disputes Last Week's Sale of Coffin
4.- Australian psychedelic artist Martin Sharp, who designed posters for Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, dies
5.- Skull find shows young women were sacrificed in China more than 4,000 years ago
6.- Istanbul monastery, considered the most important of Constantinople, 'to be turned into mosque'
7.- Detroit Institute of Arts statement regarding City of Detroit's eligibility to file for bankruptcy
8.- Christie's sets a new world auction record for a painting by Edward Hopper
9.- Ryan O'Neal defends taking ex-lover's Warhol picture in University of Texas lawsuit
10.- French film and installation artist Laure Prouvost wins Great Britain's Turner prize
Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .
|Royalville Communications, Inc|