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Fossil reveals big origins of modern NZ bat

Laura Goodall posted in on June 18th, 2015.

A ‘walking’ bat fossil discovered in central Otago has revealed the super-sized origins for two of New Zealand’s three bat species. The bat’s remains were found in the South Island in what was once a large prehistoric body of water called Lake Manuherikia. The research team – which includes scientists from the University of Otago, GNS Science, Te Papa […]

Fossils reveal giant prehistoric NZ penguin

John Kerr posted in on February 29th, 2012.

Fossils found on the East coast of New Zealand have been used to reconstruct the skeleton of an extinct prehistoric penguin, believed to be far heavier and taller than modern penguins. The giant penguins  stood 1.3 metres tall – 30 cm taller than its nearest modern-day rival, the Emperor Penguin, of Antarctica. With its spear-like […]

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