Moa’s Ark: Miocene fossils reveal the great antiquity of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) in Zealandia

Alan Tennyson, Trevor H. Worthy, Craig Jones, Richard Scofield, Suzanne Hand

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    Abstract

    Fossil eggshell and bone fragments from New Zealand's Miocene St Bathans Fauna indicate that two taxa of giant flightless moa (one weighing 20-25 kg and another much larger than this) were present in Zealandia 19-16 Ma. Contrary to recent suggestions, we conclude that moa have a long history in Zealandia, almost certainly extending to before the Oligocène "drowning". This conclusion is consistent with biotic evidence from other sources, which indicates a great antiquity of several Zealandian animals and plants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-114
    Number of pages10
    JournalRecords of The Australian Museum
    Volume62
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 May 2010

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