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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Unlike many of his contemporaries, who tore into the monuments with no sense of method or scientific inquiry, Jefferson was not interested in collecting curios, but as a thinker influenced by Enlightenment ideals, he was determined to gather facts that might shed light on the mystery of mound-builder origins.
The red man came--The roaming hunter tribes, warlike and fierce, And the mound-builders vanished from the earth.
The Mississippians by erecting monumental pyramids gave the land a sacred meaning, while centuries after the collapse of the mound-builders monks gave the land a Christian value.
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.