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New ancient NZ ‘Dawn Whale’ identified

Laura Goodall posted in on November 20th, 2014.

Local palaeontologists have identified – and named – a previously unknown genus of ancient New Zealand baleen whale and two species within it. The scientists, from the University of Otago, have named the new genus Tohoraata, which translates as ‘Dawn Whale’ in Maori. The two species, Tohoraata waitakiensis and Tohoraata raekohao, lived between 27 and 25 million years ago and […]

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 […]

TVNZ/One News: Twelve million year old predator fossils found

Peter Griffin posted in on July 1st, 2010.

The fossilised remains of a giant sperm whale have been found by scientists, with the animal having measured some 17 metres in length and living 12 million years ago. An intact, 3-metre long skull was found, representing the largest tetrapod bite ever found. An excerpt: (read in full here) “Writing in the journal, Nature, they […]

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 […]

Dom Post: Intriguing new branches broaden the human family tree

Peter Griffin posted in on April 12th, 2010.

Bob Brockie writes in the Dominion Post about the recent fossil discoveries which suggest that modern humanity lived with several other forms of humanity for a number of years in our early history. Recently,  the announcement was made that a fossil in Siberia could be from a previously unknown hominid who might have been co-existing […]

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