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hes•per•or•nis (ˌhɛs pəˈrɔr nɪs)
a toothed aquatic bird of the extinct genus Hesperornis, known from Cretaceous fossils.
[< New Latin (1872) < Greek Hésper(os) Hesperus
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New Dino: Hesperornis
- A bird that's tamed for its specialized eggs with helpful proteins
(Aves) from Ellesmere Island and palynological correlation of known Canadian localities.
It has very small wings and is the only living species that can give us an idea of what the famous Cretaceous genus Hesperornis
must have been like.
The next chapter (The Cretaceous-Divers and Seabirds) covers not only the extinct diver Hesperornis
and seabird Ichthyornis and closest of kin from the Cretaceous, but also includes a curious pastiche of topics from enantiornithine land birds to DNA-DNA hybridization.