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cassowary

(kăs`əwâr'ē), common name for a flightless, swift-running, pugnacious forest bird of Australia and the Malay Archipelago, smaller than the ostrichostrich,
common name for a large flightless bird (Struthio camelus) of Africa and parts of SW Asia, allied to the rhea, the emu and the extinct moa. It is the largest of living birds; some males reach a height of 8 ft (244 cm) and weigh from 200 to 300 lb (90–135
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, common name for a large, flightless bird of Australia, related to the cassowary and the ostrich. There is only one living species, Dromaius novaehollandiae. It is 5 to 6 ft (150–180 cm) tall and a very swift runner.
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. The plumage is dark and glossy and the head and neck unfeathered, wattled, and brilliantly colored, with variations in the coloring in different species. The head bears a horny crest. The female is larger than the male, though both sexes are similar in color. They are monogamous and nest in shallow nests of leaves on the ground in forests. Only the male incubates the female's three to six dark-green eggs. Cassowaries are primarily nocturnal. Their diet consists mainly of fruits and berries, although some eat insects and small animals. Cassowaries are notoriously vicious and have attacked and killed men with their sharp, spikelike toenails. They are fast runners, attaining speeds up to 30 mi (48 km) per hr. Cassowaries are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Struthioniformes, family Casuariidae.
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cassowary

[′kas·ə‚wer·ē]
(vertebrate zoology)
Any of three species of large, heavy, flightless birds composing the family Casuariidae in the order Casuariiformes.
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cassowary

any large flightless bird of the genus Casuarius, inhabiting forests in NE Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands, having a horny head crest, black plumage, and brightly coloured neck and wattles: order Casuariiformes (see ratite)
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The AMS dates and A/I ratios for Casuarius eggshell from 65-70 cm and 130-135 cm represent paired determinations on single eggshell fragments.
With the exception of the two charcoal dates from 110-115 cm and 165-170 cm, the results are stratigraphically consistent and the two new Casuarius eggshell dates support the earlier interpretation of the timing and mode of accumulation of this deposit.
As before, paired AMS dates and A/I ratios for single Casuarius eggshell fragments are indicated.
An additional AMS date on Casuarius eggshell of 23,140 [+ or -] 150 BP (OZF 847) from Toe Cave has been received during the proof stage of this paper.
Distance and non-randomness of seed dispersal by the dwarf cassowary Casuarius bennetti.