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Moa bones reveal munching habits – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on January 13th, 2016.

New Zealand’s nine extinct moa species were surprisingly diverse in their diets, reveals sophisticated 3D modelling research from New Zealand and Australian scientists. A new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, uses 3D scanning technology to create models of moa skull structure based on fossilised remains of the […]

Fossilised moa droppings a window to the past

John Kerr posted in on October 2nd, 2013.

Bits of pollen, plant matter and DNA in fossilised moa poo offer clues to the giant birds’ eating habits.  A new study led by Landcare Research has carefully analysed 51 moa coprolites — fossilised faeces — excavated from a single rock overhang at Daley’s Flat in the Dart River Valley in the South Island. The […]

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