from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The generic name proposed by Professor Owen for certain bird-remains from the Eocene clay at Sheppey in England, supposed to have been accipitrine. The species is named Lithornis vulturinus.


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  • "Lithornis were able to fly well, but are closely related to today's tinamous which are poor flyers and the flightless ratites.... They were smallish perching birds." (Wikipedia)

    I might call someone a flightless ratite today. (Isn't that redundant, though?)

    April 23, 2009