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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 8:36 a.m. PST

I have 5 of them.
They look like ostriches with horrible flesh rendering beaks.
Well, not exactly ostriches, the neck is pretty short…
And the body shape is wrong.
But they are pretty tall compared with 28mm humans!

But anyway, are they more appropriate competing with saber toothed tigers or velociraptors?

Mine are painted a lovely canary yellow.

Chocolate Fezian01 Jan 2013 8:45 a.m. PST

They could compete with this creature
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Personal logo Meiczyslaw Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 8:51 a.m. PST

Possibly. I think that canary yellow was chosen because of their resemblance to this creature: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocobo

DalyDR01 Jan 2013 9:07 a.m. PST

The cats are more appropriate competitors. Velociraptors had been gone at least a few millions of years before those birds showed up.


Dave

Moonbeast01 Jan 2013 9:09 a.m. PST

They'd be more appropriate competing with your tigers.
Edit: DalyDR got there first.

Rich Bliss Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 11:15 a.m. PST

They did compete with the cats. And the cats won.

Personal logo Mishima Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 11:15 a.m. PST

Actually aren't those the ones archaeologists decided were herbivores, recently.

WarrenB Inactive Member01 Jan 2013 12:20 p.m. PST

They look like ostriches with horrible flesh rendering beaks.
Well, not exactly ostriches, the neck is pretty short…
And the body shape is wrong.
But they are pretty tall compared with 28mm humans!

Elephants look like horses with pulled noses.

Except their necks are shorter.

And they're the wrong shape.

So they don't look like horses.

But they sure look tall beside humans!

Actually aren't those the ones archaeologists

No.

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…decided were herbivores, recently.

No.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastornis
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Personal logo zippyfusenet Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2013 4:14 p.m. PST

Didn't giant flightless birds last in New Zealand until humans reached the islands and hunted them out? Weren't some of those birds predators?

I think you could make a case for putting isolated populations of 'terror birds' into games set in paleo America or Australia, or anywhere humans haven't yet penetrated.

Maybe isolate the terror birds in Lost Valley with Turok and Andar, or on islands off the coast. Make them a historical basis for the legendary knife-wing bird of Pueblo warriors. Niven and Pournelle used knife-wing birds to good effect in their Burning City novels.

Personal logo Mishima Supporting Member of TMP04 Jan 2013 2:52 a.m. PST

No.

No.

Phew… good job i was joking…

bbc.co.uk/nature/20413665
turns out it was a totally different bird!!!

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