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Ancient kaka ‘cousin’ found in the Chatham Islands

Laura Goodall posted in on September 3rd, 2014.

New Zealand officially has a new species of parrot, but unfortunately it has already been extinct for several hundred years. A study, led by Landcare Research, analysed fossil parrot bones from the Chatham Islands and confirmed that they represent a distinct species that is unique to the island group but closely related to New Zealand’s kaka. Scientists […]

NZ Herald: ‘Dinobird’ a landmark discovery

Peter Griffin posted in on May 13th, 2010.

Paleontologists are very excited by the discovery of trace metals and chemicals found in the remains of the world’s oldest known bird, Archaeopteryx, which provides a chemical link between birds and dinosaurs. The discovery was made possible by by examining the fossil’s wing impressions with super-strong x-rays – an extremely sensitive method of detection not […]

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