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2009-09-12 14:00:00

An ancient eagle that once ruled the skies above New Zealand appears to have been a predator, and may have fed on human flesh, researchers said Friday. Writing in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Ken Ashwell of the University of New South Wales in Australia and Paul Scofield of the Canterbury Museum in New Zealand reported that the Haast's eagle was a predatory creature. "This science supports Maori [native New Zealander] mythology of the legendary pouakai or hokioi, a huge bird that...

2009-07-02 11:56:37

Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand.Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research in New Zealand have identified four different moa species after retrieving ancient DNA from moa feathers believed to be at least 2500 years old.The giant birds - measuring up to 2.5 metres and weighing 250 kilograms - were the dominant animals in New...


Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'