The skeleton in the closet

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A large fossil pelvis and seven attached vertebrae were discovered decades ago hanging in an old locker in the Australian Museum. Nothing was known about these bones except that they belong to a moa, a large, extinct flightless bird that was unique to New Zealand. There were nine species of moa, ranging in weight from 12 to 250 kg. What species of moa did these bones come from? We did a bit of detective work to find out.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38
Number of pages1
JournalScience Education News
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • fossil
  • moa
  • flightless bird
  • extinct


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