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Prodigious Birds brings together the entire field of moa-related research, some 150 years of enquiry. The moa was a large flightless bird, hunted into extinction by the Maori tribes of New Zealand before the arrival of Europeans. Atholl Anderson brings an historical perspective to the development of moa research and its formative debates, analytical methods and results, reviewing evidence from palaeontology, biology, archaeology, ethnography and history.
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- Date Published: October 2003
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521543965
- length: 260 pages
- dimensions: 279 x 210 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 60 b/w illus. 20 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Discovery and Biology of Moas:
4. Origins and development
5. Morphology and behaviour
6. Maori traditions
Part II. Moa-Hunting, Processing and Extinction:
7. The Moa-hunter debate
8. North Island sites
9. South Island coastal sites
10. South Island island sites
11. Hunting strategies
12. Processing technology
13. Chronology and extinction
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