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Forgotten bones lead to ancient penguin species

John Kerr posted in on November 28th, 2014.

Both the New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand have today covered the story of a newly identified species of ancient giant penguin, based on fossils found in a old storage shed. An excerpt from the New Zealand Herald (read in full here): A giant ancient penguin far taller than any species alive today has […]

When did the last moa die?

John Kerr posted in on October 24th, 2014.

It is hard to know exactly when the last of New Zealand’s iconic giant birds kicked the proverbial bucket, but new research has come up with the most accurate guess to date.  Moa likely became extinct sometime between 1440-1445 AD, according to a new study from University of Auckland and Landcare Research scientists. The narrow […]

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