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NZ’s early natural history in Scientific American

John Kerr posted in on November 15th, 2012.

Freelance geologist David Bressan, blogging for Scientific American, writes about the early investigations into ‘giant birds’ reported by European settlers in New Zealand. An excerpt (read in full here): Ka ngaro i te ngaro a te Moa Strange stories of strange birds and even stranger fossils were coming from the end of the world during […]

‘Dr Moa’ on Radio New Zealand

John Kerr posted in on November 24th, 2011.

On Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon show Kathry Ryan interviewed paleozoologist Trevor Worthy (AKA ‘Dr Moa’) about New Zealand’s past as told through fossils, and discussed the state of science in New Zealand. You can listen to the interview, embedded below. From Nine to Noon: Trevor Worthy looks back on New Zealand’s fascinating prehistoric […]

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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 […]

Remembering Joan Wiffen, New Zealand’s ‘Dinosaur lady’

Dacia Herbulock posted in on July 3rd, 2009.

Dr James Crampton, paleontologist and programme leader at GNS Science, comments: “I guess for me, her story is a wonderful example of the intense interest, drive and energy that motivate many natural historians – amateur and professional scientists alike – the “simple” joy of discovery that has led to all the great scientific discoveries throughout […]

Oldest turtle fossil uncovered in China

Dacia Herbulock posted in on November 27th, 2008.

A 220 million year-old fossil is stirring debate over the evolutionary origin of turtles. Turtles have a completely unique body design that has remained almost unchanged for millions of years. Paleontologists have long been interested in how the turtle’s shell evolved, but there were few clues in the fossil record. Up to this point, the […]

New feathered dinosaur found

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 23rd, 2008.

A feathered but flightless dinosaur is a bizarre new addition to the fossil record showing the early history of the evolution of birds. Paleontologists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences announced the discovery of Epidexipteryx hui in today’s edition of the journal Nature. The pigeon-sized fossil predates Archeopteryx, and lacks any form of flight feathers.  […]

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