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It's been said that the pterosaur, which can only be described as a bird-reptile-dinosaur-esque-thing, was the largest flying animal. This giant beast — which roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period roughly 66.5 million years ago — was a reptile but not actually a dinosaur. Despite being winged, it wasn't bird, either. The pterosaur basically looked like a platypus on bath salts.

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Video: Despite what Big Cereal would have you believe, loops, both froot and otherwise, are not a natural part of a growing bird's diet. Nevertheless, one aspiring avian mascot was more than willing to follow his (figurative) nose to the fruity taste that shows, as the footage below demonstrates.

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Even the most manoeuvrable aircraft we've designed is no match for the agility of a bird. Mother Nature has all but perfected flight, so why are we wasting our time re-inventing the wheel? As researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne realised, we should just be copying our fine feathered friends.

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Last week, thousands of snow geese died in Montana after landing on "the acidic, metal-laden waters of an old open pit mine" to escape a snowstorm, the AP reported. Montana Resources, the mining company in charge of the toxic water, told the Billings Gazette that the agency won't release the exact number until mid-week, but it estimates about 10,000 birds perished on the evening of November 28.