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Magnificent Mihirungs: The Colossal Flightless Birds of the Australian Dreamtime
 

Magnificent Mihirungs: The Colossal Flightless Birds of the Australian Dreamtime (Hardback)

By Murray, Peter
By Vickers-Rich, Patricia

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Over millions of years, Australia's unique biodiversity has produced a large cabinet of curiosities. Among the weirder members of this group were the Mihirungs, members of the now extinct family Dromornithidae. Made up of several genera of flightless birds--among them one of the ...very largest birds that ever lived--the dromornithids ranged from 60-kilogram beasts, 1.5 meters tall, to giants twice that size, weighing nearly half a metric ton. They were, by orders of magnitude, the largest "geese" that ever lived. One species was comparable in size to the Elephantbird of Madagascar and the Giant Moa of New Zealand. This book is the first major study of this unique and highly diverse group. It aims to present as complete a synthesis as possible of current information about this fascinating family of birds. Peter F. Murray is a researcher at the Museum of Central Australia in Alice Springs. Patricia Vickers-Rich holds a Chair in Palaeontology at Monash University, where she lectures in the Earth Sciences Department. She is co-author (with Thomas H.Rich) of Wildlife of Gondwana: Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates from the Ancient Supercontinent (IUP, 2000) and Dinosaurs of Darkness (IUP, 2000).
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ISBN 9780253342829
Released AU 4 Mar 2004
Format Hardback
Series Life of the Past
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ISBN-13 9780253342829
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Indiana University Press
Released 4 Mar 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Murray, Peter
By Vickers-Rich, Patricia
Series Life of the Past
Category Award Winning
Palaeontology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Australian
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 254mm
Spine: 29mm
Dewey Code 568
Weight 1,052g
Interest Age Adults / General
Reading Age Adults / General
Library of Congress Dromornithidae - Australia.
NBS Text Earth Sciences
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly

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