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  • "Cygnus, the Swan, in astronomy, a northern constellation, between Lyra and Cepheus, and, according to the British catalogue, contains 81 stars."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 116

    October 14, 2008

  • A genus including swans, which are obviously not extinct, but: "The fossil record of the genus Cygnus is quite impressive.... A number of prehistoric species have been described, mostly from the Northern Hemisphere. Among them was the giant Siculo-Maltese Cygnus falconeri which was taller (though not heavier) than the contemporary local dwarf elephants (Elephas falconeri)." (Wikipedia)

    April 23, 2009