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Aepyornis



Aepyornis maximus

Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Aves
  Superorder Paleognathae
  Order Struthioniformes
  Family Aepyornithidae
Aepyornis is one of two genera of extinct large flightless birds (ratites) that were native to Madagascar, and became extinct by the 17th century. It is not clear if they became extinct because of human hunting, human egg collecting, climate change, diseases brought to the island by introduced species such as chickens and guineafowl, or because of some combination of these reasons.

The largest Aepyornis were very large, about 10 feet (3 meters) tall and weighing as much as ½ ton. Likewise, its eggs are also very large, over 1 foot (30 centimeters) long, and over 3 feet (1 meter) in circumference.

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Aepyornis were giant flightless birds that became extinct by the 17th century

Aepyornis were giant flightless birds that became extinct by the 17th century


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Æpyornis Island
By H. G. Wells

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'Aepyornis Island' is the strange tale of a naturalist who finds himself adrift in a canoe in the Indian Ocean, with three mysterious rare giant eggs which he has collected. He knows they are the eggs of the aepyornis - a bird which has been extinct for hundreds of years. He is amazed, when hunger forces him to try one of the eggs, to find that it is fresh.When he opens the second egg several days later, he is horrified to find a still live embryo inside it. Before he is forced to eat the third and final egg, his canoe is cast up on a deserted atoll, where he finds fresh water and plenty of fish in the lagoon. Then the final egg hatches, and the strangest part of the adventure begins.
A Masterpieceollection of 4 Books by H.G. Wells (Illustrated and Annotated): 1.The Jilting of Jane 2.Æpyornis Island 3.The Stolen Body 4.The Lord of the Dynamos
By H.G. Wells

Released: 2016-12-28
Kindle Edition (64 pages)

A Masterpieceollection of 4 Books by H.G. Wells (Illustrated and Annotated): 1.The Jilting of Jane 2.Æpyornis Island 3.The Stolen Body 4.The Lord of the Dynamos
 
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A Masterpiece Collection of 4 Books by H.G. Wells
1.The Jilting of Jane
2.Æpyornis Island
3.The Stolen Body
4.The Lord of the Dynamos
Aepyornis Island, The Original Short Story (Annotated): Masterpiece Collection: Aepyornis Island, H G Wells Famous Quotes, Book List, and Biography
By H G Wells

Peoria and Chambers Publications
Released: 2015-11-06
Kindle Edition (35 pages)

Aepyornis Island, The Original Short Story (Annotated): Masterpiece Collection: Aepyornis Island, H G Wells Famous Quotes, Book List, and Biography
 
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The man with the scarred face leant over the table and looked at my bundle.
"Orchids?" he asked.
"A few," I said.
"Cypripediums," he said.
"Chiefly," said I.
"Anything new? I thought not. I did these islands twenty-five— twenty-seven years ago. If you find anything new here—well, it's brand new. I didn't leave much."
"I'm not a collector," said I.
"I was young then," he went on. "Lord! how I used to fly round." He seemed to take my measure. "I was in the East Indies two years, and in Brazil seven. Then I went to Madagascar."
"I know a few explorers by name," I said, anticipating a yarn. "Whom did you collect for?"
"Dawson's. I wonder if you've heard the name of Butcher ever?"
"Butcher—Butcher?" The name seemed vaguely present in my memory; then I recalled Butcher v. Dawson. "Why!" said I, "you are the man who sued them for four years' salary—got cast away on a desert island…"
The Country of the Blind: and Other Science-Fiction Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
By H. G. Wells

Dover Publications
Released: 2011-04-21
Paperback (128 pages)

The Country of the Blind: and Other Science-Fiction Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
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"In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." Or is he? In H. G. Wells' acclaimed tale, a stranded mountaineer encounters an isolated society in which his apparent advantage proves less than valuable. This thought-provoking fable is accompanied by other short stories, including "The Star," a gripping tale about a massive celestial object hurtling toward the Earth, as well as "The New Accelerator," "The Remarkable Case of Davidson's Eyes," "Under the Knife," and "The Queer Story of Brownlow's Newspaper."
With the 1895 publication of his first novel, The Time Machine, Wells established himself as the foremost science-fiction writer of his era. This entertaining collection was selected and edited by Martin Gardner, who also provides an Afterword that offers insight into the liveliness and originality of Wells’ imagination.
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4) Supplement. Special Issue: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 9 Osteological Description of an Embryonic Skeleton of the Extinct Elephant Bird, Aepyornis (Palaeognathae: Ratitae) , 2007, Journal of Vertebrat
By Amy M. & Rowe, Timothy Balanoff

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
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Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4) Supplement. Special Issue: Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir 9 Osteological Description of an Embryonic Skeleton of the Extinct Elephant Bird, Aepyornis (Palaeognathae: Ratitae) , 2007, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Volume 27, Number 4, Supplement : pages 1-53.
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Osteological description of an embryonic skeleton of the extinct elephant bird, Aepyornis (Palaeognathae: Ratitae).
Aepyornis (German Edition)
By Ernst Probst

GRIN Publishing
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Aepyornis (German Edition)
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Fachbuch aus dem Jahr 2014 im Fachbereich Geowissenschaften / Geographie - Paläontologie, , Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Ein bis zu 3 Meter hoher und mehr als 400 Kilogramm schwerer gefiederter Riese steht im Mittelpunkt des Taschenbuches „Aepyornis - Der Vogel, der die größten Eier legte". Er war der Rekordhalter unter den Elefantenvögeln, die vom Eiszeitalter vor etwa 2 Millionen Jahren bis vielleicht zur Heutzeit im 17. Jahrhundert auf der Insel Madagaskar vor der Ostküste von Afrika existierten. Weibliche Tiere des „Großen Elefantenvogels" (Aepyornis maximus) legten riesige Eier mit einer Länge bis zu 35 Zentimetern, einem Umfang von maximal 1 Meter und einem Gewicht von 12,5 Kilogramm, was rund 210 heutigen Hühnereiern entspricht. Für das Aussterben der Elefantenvögel auf Madagaskar dürften Menschen verantwortlich gewesen sein. Sie zerstörten durch Brandrodung den Lebensraum der Riesenvögel, jagten sie, aßen ihr Fleisch und ihre Eier. Nach Ansicht von Kryptozoologen beruht die Legende vom sagenumwobenen Vogel Roch, der angeblich im Flug einen Elefanten transportieren konnte, auf dem ausgestorbenen Elefantenvogel Aepyornis maximus. Verfasser des Taschenbuches „Aepyornis - Der Vogel, der die größten Eier legte" ist der Wiesbadener Wissenschaftsautor Ernst Probst, der zahlreiche Werke über urzeitliche Tiere geschrieben hat.
H.G. Wells Collected Science Fiction: The Time Machine & Stories of the Unusual
By H.G. Wells

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This is H.G. Wells at his best, delving into fantastic and strange worlds. The Time Machine, perhaps Wells' best known work, tells the story of the first time traveler. In the distant future the human race has evolved into two beings: the gentle Eloi and their dreaded cousins, the Morlocks, masters of the underworld.

From Stories of the Unusual:
"The Country of the Blind" takes place in a hidden valley where it would seem that a man with sight would be king.
"The Diamond Maker" tells of a fortune that might have been.
"The Man Who Worked Miracles" recounts the problems of defying nature.
In "Aepyornis Island", a man has a special relationship with a prehistoric bird.
"The Strange Orchid" tells of the macabre appetite of an exotic plant.
"The Cone" is a shocking story of revenge.
"The Purple Pileus" deals with a life-altering fungus."The Truth About Pyecraft" is a classic that explains why an overbearing fat man wears lead underwear.
"The Door in the Wall" captures the pathos of lost youth.

Osteological Description of an Embryonic Skeleton of the Extinct Elephant Bird, Aepyornis
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Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Memoir 9. Paper covers. Issued with a CD-Rom.
Journal of the American Rocket Society Number 85 June, 1951
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STRANGE BEASTS AND UNNATURAL MONSTERS: The Birds; Nature of Evidence; Slime; Garden of Paris; Doomsday Deferred; Cocoon; Aepyornis Island; Elephant Man; Terror of Blue John Gap; The Kill; Mrs. Amworth; Judge's House; Skeleton
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