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Moa Sightings: v. 1

Moa Sightings: v. 1
 

The available circumstantial evidence for a few moas remaining after 1769 is presented including reports suggesting survival in circa 1810 by Kawana Paipai, 1845 by Burr Osborn, 1863 by Patrick Caples, circa 1825-1875 by HJ Cuttance, and 1878 by Sir George Grey.

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ISBN 9780473153564
Published 1 January 2010 by Paua Press Limited
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Spittle, Bruce
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ISBN-13 9780473153564
ISBN-10 0473153564
Stock Out of stock
Status Not currently available
Publisher Paua Press Limited
Imprint Paua Press Limited
Publication Date 1 January 2010
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Spittle, Bruce
Category Palaeontology
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 170mm
Height: 230mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Natural History: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 568.50993
Catalogue Code 96256

Description of this Book

An account of moa sighting claims in New Zealand. Hunting pressure, habitat destruction, and introduced predators led to moa extinction by A.D. 1650 according to the previously held serial overkill model. In the currently accepted rapid blitzkrieg model, all the moas were gone by A.D. 1450, over 300 years before the first Europeans landed with Captain Cook in 1769. However a number of moa sighting claims have been made since 1769 and the author offers for consideration a staggered survival model in which moas lingered on until a later date in some remote, isolated areas. The available circumstantial evidence for a few moas remaining after 1769 is presented including reports suggesting survival in circa 1810 by Kawana Paipai, 1845 by Burr Osborn, 1863 by Patrick Caples, circa 1825-1875 by HJ Cuttance, and 1878 by Sir George Grey.

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Author's Bio

Bruce Spittle is of part-Maori descent and lives in Dunedin.

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