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
Collection Class
Birds
Common Name
moa
Simple Name
fossil: bird, sub-fossil skeleton
Full Name
DINORNITHIDAE: moa: skeleton
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Haast, Julius Dr ex Canterbury Museum
Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
DINORNITHIDAE

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