50,000 Years Ago, Humans Ate A 500-Pound Bird Into Extinction
50,000 years ago, humans wiped out a flightless bird species in Australia — all because its eggs were too tasty to resist.By Carter Woodiel | January 31, 2016
Roughly 50,000 years ago, an Australian bird species went extinct, not because of competition for space or resources but because its eggs were simply too delicious.
According to a study published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, humans helped wipe out the 500-pound species of flightless bird called Genyornis newtoni.
Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder figured this out by looking at eggshell fragments in 10 regions of Australia, which they discovered had been partially charred.