Extinct giant moa bird genetically reconstructed

Published on July 2nd, 2009 | by Admin

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By retrieving 2,500 year old DNA from feathers, researchers have identified four different moa species.

“It’s quite amazing to see the reconstruction completed because with it we can start comparing it to other bird species in New Zealand.”

“It’s the type of moa that has been previously described from fossil bones but it is the first time anyone has accurately reconstructed what the plumage or what colour the moa was, so it is opening up a whole new window to accurately study the ecology of this extinct group of birds.”

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