As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 8 November 2017

Martinborough pit of death holds thousands of extinct bird bones

8 Nov, 2017 2:01pm

A 10m-deep death pit in Martinborough holding thousands of bones from unlucky flightless birds has been dubbed the richest site in New Zealand for certain species, including moa.

"It's just packed with bones under your feet," said Te Papa's curator of vertebrates Alan Tennyson, who paid a visit to the small cave earlier this year.

"The cave is relatively famous, I suppose, in the bird palaeontology world of New Zealand, because it has produced a lot of bones and it's still got bones in it.

"This particular cave is incredibly rich ... thousands of bones already found, and there's probably thousands more still sitting in there.

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