For the first time, DNA has been successfully extracted from fossilized eggshells, with some of the fragments being from moa.
The international team, which included scientists from the University of Otago, published the paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Previous attempts to perform this kind of extraction had been unsuccessful, and it is hoped the data drawn from the DNA will give local archeologists and palaeobiologists new insights into the history, hunting, and extinction of the moa.
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