ornithichnites love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A hypothetical genus, based by Hitchcock upon tracks called ornithichnites occurring in the sandstone of Connecticut.

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  • noun Plural form of ornithichnite.


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  • I need only premise further, that the stone itself is a goodly block of metamorphick sandstone, and that the Runes resemble very nearly the ornithichnites or fossil bird-tracks of Dr. Hitchcock, but with less regularity or apparent design than is displayed by those remarkable geological monuments.

    The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell James Russell Lowell 1855

  • The first traces of them are found in the ornithichnites of the new red sandstone, and the first fossil -- Archaeopteryx, in the Solenhofen strata, belonging to the Oolite.

    Story of Creation as Told By Theology and By Science 1854

  • He brought away some slabs of the recently formed mud, in order that naturalists who were sceptical as to the real origin of the ancient fossil ornithichnites might compare the fossil products lately formed with those referable to the feathered bipeds which preceded the era of the ichthyosaurus and iguanodon.

    The Western World Picturesque Sketches of Nature and Natural History in North and South America William Henry Giles Kingston 1847

  • One animal, having a foot fifteen inches in length, (one-half more than that of the ostrich,) and a stride of from four to six feet, has been appropriately entitled, ornithichnites giganteus.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation Robert Chambers 1836


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