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Books about Mihirungs / Dromornithids

The now extinct Mihirungs or Dromornithids were large, flightless Australian birds living during the Oligocene and Pleistocene periods.

The books are listed in order of publication date with the most recent at the top.

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The Artist and the Scientists: Bringing Prehistory to Life

Peter Trusler, Patricia Vickers-Rich, Thomas H. Rich

Cambridge University Press


Includes chapters on Moas and Mihirungs.

"The Artist and the Scientists: Bringing Prehistory to Life presents the extraordinary lives and works of eminent paleontologists Patricia Vickers-Rich and Tom Rich, and Peter Trusler, one of the finest artists of scientific realism Australia has produced. Over more than thirty years, Patricia, Tom and Peter have travelled across Eastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Australia and New Zealand in search of the remains of early life, including fish, dinosaurs, birds and mammals. Their successful expeditions, and the many publications and exquisite artworks that have ensued, are a testament to their scientific methodology, thirst for knowledge and eye for detail. The book follows the development of selected works of art covering the last 600 million years of the geological record. Told from the viewpoints of both scientist and artist, the reader is given a unique insight into the process of preserving and recording the evolution of prehistoric life."

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Magnificent Mihirungs: The Colossal Flightless Birds of the Australian Dreamtime

Peter F Murray and Patricia Vickers-Rich

Indiana University Press


"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 metres 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."

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Last updated December 2011