from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of recently extinct ralliform birds, probably of the family Rallidæ, related to the extant genus Ocydromus.


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  • 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.

    The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed


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