Moa: the Dramatic Story behind the Discovery of a Giant Bird

Moa: the Dramatic Story behind the Discovery of a Giant Bird

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In 1839, on the basis of a single mysterious fragment of bone from the other side of the world, the great English anatomist Richard Owen came to the conclusion that it was from a gigantic flightless bird that had once inhabited New Zealand. Owen was involved in the naming of dinosaurs, but this time many of his scientific colleagues thought he had gone too afar. Despite this being the time of Darwin, many thought Owen's claims preposterous. In fact the discovery of the moa is full of great scientific intrigue and personality clashes in both New Zealand and Britain.
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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 22mm | 240.41g
  • Penguin Books (NZ)
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • English
  • b&w photographs
  • 0143018736
  • 9780143018735
  • 1,303,628

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Table of contents

MoaIntroduction. On the Wings of a Moa
Chapter 1. An Unpromising Fragment
Chapter 2. The Flax Factor
Chapter 3. Trade and Exchange
Chapter 4. With God on Their Side
Chapter 5. Dissension in the Ranks
Chapter 6. Give the Man a Bone
Chapter 7. The Lone Fragment
Chapter 8. Bound for the Antipodes
Chapter 9. Fossils, Frogs and Grains of Sand
Chapter 10. In Search of Natural Knowledge
Chapter 11. Extinguished Features
Chapter 12. Creating Monsters
Chapter 13. Back to the Bone
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