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Plant remains in coprolites: diet of a sub-alpine moa (Dinornithiformes) from southern New Zealand

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Horrocks M, D’Costa D, Wallace R, Gardner R, Kondo R. 2004. Emu 104, 149-156.


Analysis of plant macrofossils and pollen in putative coprolites (2538 ± 95 14C yr BP) of Megalapteryx didinus, a southern sub-alpine species of the extinct moa, indicates that this bird browsed branchlets of forest trees (mainly Nothofagus), and grazed on tussockland and lake edge herbs (Poaceae, Cyperaceae, Isoetes). The data provide the first direct evidence of diet of an upland moa.

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