Subfossil bones of the extinct New Zealand duck, Euryanas finschi (Van Beneden), from late Otiran glacial‐early Holocene (20,000‐ 1 1,000 years BP) and late Holocene (2,000‐1,000 years BP) deposits were compared. Ten percent reduction in wing bone lengths and reductions in other pectoral girdle elements suggest reduced flight ability and may be related to possible ecological changes such as relaxation of predation pressure and increase in stability of food supply. Comparisons of Euryanas with extant members of the Anus aucklandica (Gray) species complex indicate that in the late Holocene Euryanas had similar flight ability to A. aucklandica chlorotis Gray, 1845.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Zoology|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 1988|