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Type: Conference paper
Title: Moa's Ark: Miocene fossils reveal the great antiquity of moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) in Zealandia
Author: Tennyson, Alan J. D.
Worthy, Trevor Henry
Jones, Craig M.
Scofield, Richard Paul
Hand, Suzanne J.
Citation: Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, 2010 / W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy (eds.): pp.105-114
Publisher: Australian Museum Scientific Publications
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 0067-1975
Conference Name: International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution (7th : 2008 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
School/Discipline: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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Alan J.D. Tennyson, Trevor H. Worthy, Craig M. Jones, R. Paul Scofield and Suzanne J. Hand
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 Oligocene "drowning". This conclusion is consistent with biotic evidence from other sources, which indicates a great antiquity of several Zealandian animals and plants.
Description: Also published as a journal article: Records of the Australian Museum, 2010; 62(1):105–114
Rights: © The Authors, 2010.
RMID: 0020122260
DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1546
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