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Tūhoe and scientists collaborate on dinosaur hunt – In the news

Laura Goodall posted in on July 7th, 2016.

Ngāi Tūhoe and palaeontologists have teamed up to go digging for dinosaurs and understand more about how these animals lived in New Zealand. The research will focus on searching for fossil remains in streams that flow through Te Urewera National Park, which is managed by Ngāi Tūhoe. “They’re leading the project,” palaeontologist James Crampton from GNS Science […]

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 […]

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 […]

New ancient NZ ‘Dawn Whale’ identified

Laura Goodall posted in on November 20th, 2014.

Local palaeontologists have identified – and named – a previously unknown genus of ancient New Zealand baleen whale and two species within it. The scientists, from the University of Otago, have named the new genus Tohoraata, which translates as ‘Dawn Whale’ in Maori. The two species, Tohoraata waitakiensis and Tohoraata raekohao, lived between 27 and 25 million years ago and […]

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