Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of recently extinct ralliform birds, probably of the family Rallidæ, related to the extant genus Ocydromus. Its remains are found in New Zealand with those of the moa. A. defossor and A. otidiformis are two species described by Owen in 1871.
“The sloths and armadilloes of South America had their gigantic predecessors in the enormous megatherium and mylodon, and the strongly armed glyptodon; the kangaroos and wombats of Australia had their extinct predecessors in a kangaroo nearly twice the size of the largest living species, and in so huge a wombat, that its bones have been mistaken for those of the hippopotamus; and the ornithic inhabitants of New Zealand had their predecessors in the monstrous birds, such as the dinornis, the aptornis, and the palapteryx, -- wingless creatures like the ostrich, that stood from six to twelve feet in height.”
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