Like modern-day albatrosses, pelagornis sandersi could have used their long wings to catch ocean winds and glide across the sky, rather than powering their flight with energy-intensive flapping. A new fossil, pelagornis sandersi, may have had the largest wingspan of any flying bird to exist, according to researchers once in the air, the humungous bird glided on air currents. The extinct pelagornis sandersi had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet, 'may have called to mind a dragon' the extinct pelagornis sandersi had a wingspan of 20 to 24 feet. Behold the ultimate big bird — a seabird called pelagornis sandersi, which probably needed a running start to take to the air because of its absurdly wide 20- to 24-foot wingspan. Named pelagornis sandersi, the extinct bird had a 64-meter wingspan -- double that of today's largest fliers a bird's flight ability depends on a balance between its body size and the lift.
Furthermore, the largest bird that ever flew was the pelagornis sandersi, which had a staggering 24ft (7 metre) wingspan, was so heavy it would have had to take off like a hang glider. Pelagornis sandersi has the largest wingspan of any bird, but the dinosaurs still hold the record for the largest animal wingspan ever pterosaurs, which went extinct about 65 million ago, had a wingspan of 36 feet. This is a reconstruction of the world's largest-ever flying bird, pelagornis sandersi, identified by daniel ksepka, curator of science at the bruce museum in greenwich, conn reconstruction art is. pelagornis sandersi is a species of extinct flying bird with a wingspan estimated to be between 61 and 74 m (20 and 24 ft) if the larger estimated wingspan holds true, this makes it the largest flying bird yet discovered, with a wingspan twice as large as the living flying bird with the largest wingspan, the wandering albatross.
Washington — when south carolina construction workers came across the giant, winged fossil at the charleston airport in 1983, they had to use a backhoe to pull the bird, which lived about 25. Artist's drawing of the new fossil species pelagornis sandersi, with the bone fragments the workers found shown in white the strikingly well-preserved specimen consisted of multiple wing and leg. Meet pelagornis sandersi, the largest flying bird ever scientists have identified bones of the largest flying bird ever found, an ancient soaring seabird with a wing span of at least 21 feet.
This artist's rendering shows a reconstruction image of the world's largest-ever flying bird, pelagornis sandersi the skeleton was discovered near charleston, sc, in 1983. Pelagornis sandersi is largest flying bird yet found, with a wingspan of up to 24 feet the fossil was found in charleston, south carolina in 1983, but it was kept in storage for thirty years. The bird, named pelagornis sandersi, had short, stumpy legs and likely took to the air by hopping off cliff edges or making short runs into the wind to take off from the ground or sea in flight. With a wingspan up to 24 feet wide, pelagornis sandersi dwarfs two of the largest living birds, the california condor (left) and the royal albatross (right)courtesy liz bradford. Scientists have identified bones of the largest flying bird ever found -- an ancient soaring seabird with a wing span of at least 21 feet daniel ksepka, curator of science at the bruce museum, joins.
An artist's drawing depicts the new fossil species pelagornis sandersi, which may be the biggest flying bird ever found paleontologist dan ksepka of the bruce museum in greenwich, conn. An artist's drawing of the newly named species pelagornis sandersi shows the discovered bone fragments in white the strikingly well-preserved specimen consisted of multiple wing and leg bones. The pelagornis sandersi — a giant flying bird that lived about 25 million years ago — has just been unearthed by researchers and the emphasis here is on giant the sandersi's wing span is estimated to be somewhere between 20 and 24 feet long. Pelagornis s could spread its wings to span about 24 feet for reference, that's the width of an official fifa soccer goal from pole to pole for reference, that's the width of an official. Ancient bird had largest wingspan ever but it is a mere pigeon compared to an astonishing extinct bird called pelagornis sandersi, identified by scientists on monday from fossils unearthed in.
With a wingspan of about 64 metres, pelagornis sandersi was nearly twice the width of a wandering albatross, the living bird with the greatest wingspan, at 35 metres. Pelagornis sandersi is a species of extinct flying bird with a wingspan estimated to be between 61 and 74 m (20 and 24 ft)   if the larger estimated wingspan holds true, this makes it the largest flying bird yet discovered, with a wingspan twice as large as the living flying bird with the largest wingspan, the wandering albatross. Scientists have identified the remains of the largest flying bird ever — the long-extinct pelagornis sandersi, which had a wing-span of about 21 feet, according to a report in the latest issue. Pelagornis sandersi - a newly discovered extinct species of bird that lived in what is now north america about 28 million years ago - is the largest flying bird ever found, says dr daniel ksepka, a paleontologist with bruce museum in greenwich, connecticut.
A model of pelagornis sandersi's flight suggests that larger wings actually meant less drag from wingtip turbulence once the flier was aloft the challenge for this seabird would have come during.