Our talk was entitled "Flight Performance of Giant Pseudodontorn Birds". As the title suggests, we were working with material from some of the largest flying birds in history. Our results, in fact, may help explain how they obtained such sizes in the first place.
What are pseudodontorns?
The new mass estimates also modify our thoughts on the limb strengths of pseudodontorns. It turns out that they had rather strong hindlimbs compared to, for example, a living albatross. Because launch is hindlimb driven in birds, this might mean that pseudodontorns had more juice over short takeoff sprints, and therefore a larger maximum size for effective takeoff.
All told, a fascinating group of birds that is sorely understudied.