Three flightless fossil birds curiously combined

Newton, E. T. [AND] [J. F.] J. von Haast

On the remains of a gigantic species of bird ( Gastornis klaassenii, n. sp.) from the Lower Eocene Beds near Croydon [AND] On Megalapteryx hectori, a new gigantic species of apterygian bird [AND] On Dinornis oweni, a new species of Dinornithidae, with some remarls on D. curtus.

Published 1886
Item ID 76757

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London, The Zoological Society of London, 1886. Three papers in one. Very large 4to (32.0 x 25.6 cm). 40 pp. [143-160; 161-169; 171-182]; five lithographed plates [28-29; 30 (larger, folded); 31-32]. Original printed wrappers.

A collection of three original papers on extinct flightless birds, written by two different authors and published simultaneously and consecutively in the Society's Transactions, Volume XII(5). The first paper is by the British palaeontologist, ichthyologist and ornithologist Edward Tulley Newton (1840-1930), and deals with a British Palaeogene species; the second and third are by the German-born New Zealand palaeontologist and ornithologist Johann Franz Julius von Haast (1822-1887) and deal with Pleistocene or Holocene extinct birds from New Zealand. All three are well-illustrated. Wrappers a tiny bit abraded at spine ends; otherwise an excellent, clean copy - about the best one can get. All three papers neither in Cat. BM(NH) nor in any other major bibliography.

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