Giant moa

Description
The identification of this subfossil moa left metatarsal bone is uncertain. Whilst our database records it as Dinornis giganteus, in the register it has been recorded as ‘Palapteryx’ in ink, follower by ‘crassus?’ in pencil. It was donated by Dr John Teschemaker of Exmouth in 1869. The moa was a flightless bird that lacked wing bones entirely and the 9 different species were found only on New Zealand.
Accession Loan No.
B2624
Collection Class
Birds
Common Name
giant moa
Simple Name
fossil: bird, moa
Full Name
Dinornis giganteus (Owen): DINORNITHIDAE: giant moa: left metatarsal
Family Group

Collection Country
New Zealand
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Continent
Oceania
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
DINORNITHIDAE
Genus
Dinornis
Species
giganteus

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