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NZ Herald/NZPA: Male moa stayed at home to sit on eggs

Peter Griffin posted in on September 8th, 2010.

Analysis of moa eggshells suggest that, much like modern ratites like the kiwi, it was male moa that sat on eggs to incubate them while the females went looking for food. Female moa, which in some species were up to twice the size of the males, would have crushed their eggs had they sat on […]

The Press: Moa DNA gives up some secrets

Peter Griffin posted in on March 11th, 2010.

Paul Gorman reports in The Press on the first successful isolation of DNA from ancient eggshell fossils by an international team including researchers from the University of Otago. The eggshell fragments include those from moa, and it is hoped they will enable reserachers to better understand the history, and demise, of the birds. An excerpt: […]

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