Paleontologists found the fossil bones of the ancient ancestor of modern birds in the Central Australian Reserve, although thousands of fossilized samples have been found at the site since the beginning of the excavation in 1986, most of them are mixed fragments of various species due to the fact that historical floodwaters have mixed the remains.
During an expedition in 2022, researchers found a pair of legs belonging to a fossil bird, the first time that the bones of Dromornis Stirtoni were placed together as they were to be placed inside a living organism.
Dromornis Stirton is a fossil species that is a combination of strange anatomical features, its huge beak comes from a small skull, all of which is located on a body 3 m high and weighing up to 0.5 tons. These animals are close relatives of modern birds such as chickens and ducks.
Because most of the finds are a mass of unconnected bones, it's been hard for scientists to restore the real appearance of the animal. Researchers hope that new discoveries will correct this. Even pairs of legs are enough to understand how the weight was distributed, but paleontologists hope that there are other bones nearby that form a complete skeleton.