SPOILER ALERT!! – When the military invades the A.R.C. in search of a mysterious artifact, the team escapes to a mysterious old hut in the woods. They think they’re safe, until an anomaly opens nearby and 10-foot killer birds from the Pliocene era attack them. Phorusrhacids may look like armored ostriches, but they are infinitely more dangerous. The team has to use all its ingenuity to keep the rapacious birds at bay – especially since, for once, they have no technology at their disposal. They have to rely on nothing more than their bare hands and whatever they can find in the hut in the woods, which has not been used until the 1930s. Episode six of season three airs Saturday, June 20th @ 9 p.m. EST/PST on BBC America
THE CREATURES OF PRIMEVAL – Terror birds (Phorusrhacids) – The creature is a fairly accurate representation of an extraordinary group of animals that took over as top predators in South America after the dinosaurs died out. Titanis walleri , one of the largest species, has been found in North America, making it one of the comparatively rare examples of animals that evolved in South America but which managed to spread North after the Isthmus of Panama land-bridge formed. Their wings had evolved into meat hook-like structures that likely could be outstretched like arms to perform a hacking motion, which theoretically was helpful in bringing down prey. Most of the smaller and some of the larger species are believed to have been fast runners.
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