The sub-fossil bones of this extinct bird were collected by Captain W Setten of Exmouth. Between 1877-87 he commanded ‘Pleiades’ which was a ship involved with New Zealand emigrant trade. It sailed roughly once a year with a one way journey taking about 95 days. we do not know to which species of moa these bones belonged. These bones are from a tibia. The longer of the two clearly shows the honeycomb structure inside the bone. This indicates that these bones belong to a massive bird and not a mammal.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Natural History
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Common Name
Simple Name
fossil: bird
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)

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Dinornis sp.: DINORNITHIDAE: moa: 2 parts of tibia