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See also: Aepyornis
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1894, Henry O. Forbes, “Antarctica: a vanished Austral land”, in The Fortnightly, volume 61, page 197:
- In the distant island of Madagascar also there flourished once, though now extinct, a member of the same family, the Æpyornis, a giant, if not in height, at all events in the bulk and dimensions of its limbs, which appear to have exceeded those of even the most elephantine of the moas.
1939, Frederic Augustus Lucas, Animals of the Past: An Account of Some of the Creatures of the Ancient World:
- Like the Moa the Æpyornis seems to have lived in tradition long after it became extinct, for a French history of Madagascar, published as early as 1658 makes mention of a large bird, or kind of ostrich, said to inhabit the southern end of the island.
2015, H. N. Hutchinson, Extinct Monsters: A Popular Account of Some of the Larger Forms of Ancient Animal Life:
- It will thus be seen that we have three distinct groups of giant land birds—the Moas, the Dromornis, and the Æpyornis,—occupying areas at present widely separated by the ocean.