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What Kind Of Bird Is Big Bird?

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Mike Dickison, a scientist doing his Ph.D on the evolution of flightless birds, tackles an enduring scientific mystery: Big Bird's classification. His findings? Biggie's a Grandicrocavis viasesamensis, a giant flightless crane. Watch his presentation here. [via BoingBoing]


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Maybe a big yellow relative of this little critter.

If I was going to give Big Bird a scientific name, I'd go for Grus Hensonus Sesamesus