Tag Archives: New Zealand

New Species of Ancient Shorebird Identified from New Zealand Fossils 

From Sci-News.com | October 19, 2015 An endemic and previously unknown species of shorebird has been identified from fossils found in Central Otago, New Zealand. The new species, Hakawai melvillei, lived approximately 17.5 million years ago (early Miocene), a time when New Zealand was covered in subtropical forests and crocodiles roamed parts of the South Island. According to a paper published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Hakawai melvillei was a representative of a large group of …

Climate change raises cat threat 

… analysis of two decades of records found how South Auckland, Glen Innes, the central city and pockets of West Auckland had the highest populations of stray cats, with spikes in December and March coinciding with breeding patterns. “I had the idea that we could take all this cat distribution data from Auckland and try to expand it throughout New Zealand and see whether there’s an effect when you have a climate change scenario for modelling.” Using the latest greenhouse gas …

Otago geologists find new whale species | Radio New Zealand News

… million years ago. He said the findings add considerably to New Zealand’s fossil record, and help fill evolutionary gaps between toothed ancestors and toothless modern baleen whales. Professor Fordyce and Dr Robert Boessenecker’s work appears in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society and the journal PeerJ. The pair have named the newly described whale species Waharoa ruwhenua, Tokarahia kauaeroa. They also discovered fossils of a poorly known species first found in the 1950s, …

Giant ‘Walking Bat’ Once Prowled Rainforest Floors

By Laura Geggel, Staff Writer | June 19, 2015 About 16 million years ago, a giant bat used all four of its limbs to stalk around the subtropical rainforest of modern-day New Zealand, a new study finds. The bat, a newly discovered species (Mystacina miocenalis), is large, about three times heavier than a modern bat, the researchers said. It’s related toMystacina tuberculata, a bat that still lives in New Zealand’s old-growth forests. Researchers found the bat fossil in sediment from …

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