Moa

Description
Today scientists consider there to be 9 species of moa in 6 genera. All are extinct. This specimen has been recorded as an Eastern moa. However recent conservation work has uncovered that, like most species of moa, it has 5 bones in the outermost toe. The Eastern moa should only have 4. Other records at Christchurch Museum suggest that the specimen was once labelled Palapteryx geranoides. We hope future research will resolve this mystery. Photographs show the specimen in the conservation lab.
Accession Loan No.
B2620/1
Simple Name
moa: skeleton, part
Full Name
DINORNITHIDAE: moa: lower mandible, part
Collector / Excavator
Haast, Julius Dr ex Canterbury Museum
Collection Country
New Zealand
Common Name
moa
Family
DINORNITHIDAE
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA:
Collection Class
Birds
Collection Contintent
Oceania
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Family Group

Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:47
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:01

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      • Jamie Wood
        22 March 2017 | Permalink | Reply to this comment

        The tarsometatarsus is too wide for eastern moa, this is most likely Euryapteryx gravis (previosuly Euryapteryx geranoides – would would fit with the old label)

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