The post title reminds me of the punchline of a favourite joke: “What does a 10 tonne parrot say?”:
This is a “Diatryma gigantea” (aka “Gastronis”) skeleton, designed by Mase Eiichiro based on fossil records. In real life this beastie would have been scary indeed.
Nicknamed “murder bird”, it seems paelontologists are divided as to whether it was a herbivore, carnivore or omnivore – it was HUUUGE – like 7ft tall, and the musculature marks around the beak suggest it had a titanic bite. Curiously it has no other “predator” characteristics – like a hook at the end of the beak or shredding talons on it’s feet, making it a confusing snarly. The first skeletal reconstruction of fossil remains happened in the early 1920s, and the result looked more like a 9ft emu (seems they had parts of a number of different animals in the one model).
Folded from 29 squares of paper, most starting at a stretched bird base, the model ONLY works with wire, glue and witchcraft – the instructions (in the most recent Tantaidan) suggest it is free standing – my wire and the really odd posture suggest that is not likely, but there you go.
Folded over a period of a week, I am happy with the resultant model – not sure i really enjoyed the sequence however, and I am going to have to think carefully about how to best display/store this model.