megapode

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megapode

any of the mound birds of Australia and SE Asia that bury their eggs in mounds of earth so that the eggs develop without incubation.
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The novelist Cornelius Mathews' Behemoth: A Legend of the Mound-builders, which appeared in 1839, was largely based on Priest's theories.
Like Priest, Bryant concluded that the demise of the Mound-builders was brought about by the villainous depredations of the red race:
Since then he has produced perhaps seventy sf novels, more than thirty-five sf story collections, about eighty non-fiction books on everything from ancient mound-builders to the Rockefellers, probably more than a hundred erotic or juvenile novels under pseudonyms, and more than sixty books upon which his name appears as editor.
The mound-builders along these Amerindian trade routes died suddenly and otherwise unaccountably, and yet recent forensic analysis of burial remains has shown the presence of viable plague bacillus.