Ancient people may have raised flightless birds that can ‘slice open any predator’

The cassowary is a terror that can disembowel you, but studying fossil eggs suggest humans were hatching them 18,000 years ago.

A modern-day cassowary peers out of a box.

Ostriches and emus are famously large flightless birds, but not everyone is familiar with the cassowary, a bird native to New Guinea and parts of Australia. Cassowaries can be aggressive and they a have a brutally sharp claw on each foot. But those downsides may not’ve stopped people from hatching and raising them 18,000 years ago.

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