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The half-life of DNA in bone: measuring decay kinetics in 158 dated fossils
Claims of extreme survival of DNA have emphasized the need for reliable models of DNA degradation through time. By analysing mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 158 radiocarbon-dated bones of the extinctExpand
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The evolutionary history of the extinct ratite moa and New Zealand Neogene paleogeography
The ratite moa (Aves: Dinornithiformes) were a speciose group of massive graviportal avian herbivores that dominated the New Zealand (NZ) ecosystem until their extinction ≈600 years ago. TheExpand
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Conservation status of New Zealand birds, 2012
An appraisal of the conservation status of the post-1800 New Zealand avifauna is presented. The list comprises 428 taxa in the following categories: 'Extinct' 20, 'Threatened' 77 (comprising 24Expand
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Albatrosses, Petrels and Shearwaters of the World
This is the first comprehensive field guide to the world's 136 species of albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters, storm petrels, and diving petrels. Because many of these birds spend most of their livesExpand
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Biogeographical and Phylogenetic Implications of an Early Miocene Wren (Aves: Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae) from New Zealand
ABSTRACT A new species and genus of acanthisittid wren (Aves: Passeriformes: Acanthisittidae) is described from the Early Miocene (19–16 Ma) St Bathans Fauna from Otago, New Zealand, based on fourExpand
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Nuclear DNA sequences detect species limits in ancient moa
Ancient DNA studies have typically used multi-copy mitochondrial DNA sequences. This is largely because single-locus nuclear genes have been difficult to recover from sub-fossil material, restrictingExpand
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Are predator-proof fences the answer to New Zealand's terrestrial faunal biodiversity crisis?
We acknowledge the support provided to Maggie Wang by the Faculty of Commerce, Lincoln University, Summer Assistantship programme.
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Ancient DNA Analyses Reveal Contrasting Phylogeographic Patterns amongst Kiwi (Apteryx spp.) and a Recently Extinct Lineage of Spotted Kiwi
The little spotted kiwi (Apteryx owenii) is a flightless ratite formerly found throughout New Zealand but now greatly reduced in distribution. Previous phylogeographic studies of the related brownExpand
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Continued survival of Hispaniolan solenodon Solenodon paradoxus in Haiti
Abstract The Hispaniolan solenodon Solenodon paradoxus, one of only two surviving native Hispaniolan land mammals, has declined drastically in Haiti and has only been recorded from the Duchity regionExpand
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Early Miocene fossil frogs (Anura: Leiopelmatidae) from New Zealand
The first pre-Quaternary anurans from New Zealand are reported from the Early Miocene (19–16 Ma) St Bathans Fauna based on 10 fossil bones. Four bones representing two new species differing in sizeExpand
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