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  • n. Plural form of dromornithid.


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  • But its markedly slender tarsometatarsus indicates that it was gracile, and thus almost certainly not as heavy as the far more robust giant aepyornithids (aka elephant birds, restricted to Madagascar bar a few dubious reports from continental Africa and elsewhere) and dromornithids (aka mihirungs, an Australian group argued to be giant waterfowl).

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  • While it is certainly true that some of these birds ā€“ reaching a total height of about 3 m and a weight of 350 kg or more ā€“ were immense, they were similar in size to, and perhaps smaller than, the biggest aepyornithids and dromornithids, so this isnā€™t clear cut.

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