Moa

Description
John Davies Enys (1837-1912) and Charles Enys (1840-1891) both left their family estate in Penryn, Cornwall to farm in New Zealand. In October 1864 they purchased Castle Hill Station in Canterbury. John was very knowledgeable in the fields of botany, zoology and entomology and several New Zealand plants and animals have been named in his honour. John was a member of the original board of trustees of Canterbury Museum and was great friends with Julius von Haast from whom RAMM also has a collection of moa bones. This moa bone was donated along with several others in May 1868. It is probable that John brought these bones home with him in 1867 but it is likely to have been his father or older brother who actually made the donation as John returned to New Zealand in January 1868. The accessions register reads: ‘Found in a stream or creek Rangatata valley Acland run found by sticking a pig spear into it 6 inches or so under ground’. Both Enys brothers returned to Cornwall when Charles became ill in 1891. The Enys estate is open to the public.
Accession Loan No.
B2625
Simple Name
fossil: bird, sub-fossil bone
Full Name
Emeus crassus (Owen): DINORNITHIDAE: Eastern moa: right femur
Collector / Excavator
Enys, Mr
Collection Country
New Zealand
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Common Name
moa
Family
DINORNITHIDAE
Genus
Emeus
Species
crassus
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Collection Class
Birds
Collection Contintent
Oceania
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collection Town
Canterbury
Collection County
South Island
Family Group

Created At
2016-10-13 15:46:48
Updated At
2020-01-28 11:44:02

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