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Dating the late prehistoric dispersal of Polynesians to New Zealand using the commensal Pacific rat
The pristine island ecosystems of East Polynesia were among the last places on Earth settled by prehistoric people, and their colonization triggered a devastating transformation. OverhuntingExpand
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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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A working list of breeding bird species of the New Zealand region at first human contact
Abstract We present an annotated working list of the bird species breeding in New Zealand during the late Pleistocene and Holocene, up to the time of human contact. New Zealand is defined asExpand
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Osteology of Leiopelma (Amphibia: Leiopelmatidae) and descriptions of three new subfossil Leiopelma species
Abstract Three new speeies of leiopelmatid frog are described from New Zealand cave deposits: Leiopelma waitomoensis n.sp., an offshoot of the L. archeyi/L. hamiltoni lineage, and Leiopelma markhamiExpand
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Miocene waterfowl and other birds from central Otago, New Zealand
Synopsis Abundant fossil bird bones from the lower Bannockburn Formation, Manuherikia Group, an Early‐Middle Miocene lacustrine deposit, 16–19 Ma, from Otago in New Zealand, reveal the “St BathansExpand
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Miocene mammal reveals a Mesozoic ghost lineage on insular New Zealand, southwest Pacific
New Zealand (NZ) has long been upheld as the archetypical example of a land where the biota evolved without nonvolant terrestrial mammals. Their absence before human arrival is mysterious, because NZExpand
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Extreme reversed sexual size dimorphism in the extinct New Zealand moa Dinornis
The ratite moa (Aves; Dinornithiformes) were massive graviportal browsers weighing up to 250 kg (ref. 1) that dominated the New Zealand biota until their extinction approximately 500 yr ago. DespiteExpand
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Relict or colonizer? Extinction and range expansion of penguins in southern New Zealand
Recent human expansion into the Pacific initiated a dramatic avian extinction crisis, and surviving taxa are typically interpreted as declining remnants of previously abundant populations. As a caseExpand
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Likelihood reinstates Archaeopteryx as a primitive bird
The widespread view that Archaeopteryx was a primitive (basal) bird has been recently challenged by a comprehensive phylogenetic analysis that placed Archaeopteryx with deinonychosaurian theropods.Expand
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Descriptions and phylogenetic relationships of two new genera and four new species of Oligo‐Miocene waterfowl (Aves: Anatidae) from Australia
The Tertiary anatid fossils (Aves: Anatidae) from Oligocene and Miocene deposits in Australia are described. Most fossils derive from the Late Oligocene – Early Miocene (26–24 Mya) Etadunna and NambaExpand
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