Little bush-moa

This subfossil moa bone is the right femur of a little bush moa. Dr Julius Haast was the director of Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand. One of the ways he built up its excellent collections was by exchanging material with other museums around the world. There is no record that he exchanged any material with RAMM in return for the bones in 1874 so they may have been purchased. It is possible that these specimens were collected at Glenmark, north of Christchurch, in 1869.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Collector Excavator
Canterbury Museum, New Zealand (from the collection of)
Common Name
little bush-moa
Simple Name
fossil: bird, sub fossil skeleton
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)

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Anomalopteryx didiformis (Owen): DINORNITHIDAE: little bush-moa: right femur