There are fossil remains that have been found that indicate that the ostrich has existed for millions of years. Many experts believe that their evolution process allowed them to survive for all that time. For example their very long and powerful legs. They may have developed them as well as the larger size of their bodies to fight off predators. They aren’t able to fly and that could be due to their heavy size that developed over time. To compensate for this they developed their fast speed.
Some scientists believe that there were huge fires and the skies were dark and full of pollution due to a meteor exploding and killing off the dinosaurs. The thought process is that if this occurred the Ostrich evolved to be a land animal due to it being too dangerous in the air for them. The long neck may have developed to help them get food that was higher up which is the same speculation for the Giraffe. To stay on land they had to be stronger, bigger and faster than they were in flight.
The earliest Ostrich fossils that have been found were located in the Palaeotis by the steppes in Asia, today Mongolia and Northern China. What makes it hard to fully understand the developments though is that most of these early fossils were not found in one piece. Instead, they were found in fragments that had to be reconstructed by experts. What it is not known though is what happened to the Ostrich in China. As a result that leads many experts to believe that during that period of time the ostrich may have looked very different to today.
We do know that with the changes in environment, the Ostrich has been able to evolve and to survive. The Ostrich is a very interesting bird to say the least. Maybe one day we will have all the answers about what happened with them so very long ago and then we can re-create their amazing transformation over time. Your professional guide at Safari Ostrich Farm will enlighten you to these incredible birds’ ability to survive for millions of years during the coarse of your guided tour.