Moa, Sternum Bone; Megalapteryx didinus; RI.W2014.3565.10


Moa, Sternum Bone

Identified By

Russell Beck

Taxonomic Classification

Megalapteryx didinus

About this object

This is the sternum bone of a small Moa found in Southland. The exact species of Moa is unknown. Holes in the bone indicate that the Moa may have been the victim of a giant Haast Eagle.

Moa were an important source of food for Māori who completed with the Haast Eagle for the bird. Now extinct, having been present on the mainland and major nearshore islands, the Moa bird is found in many archaeological sites throughout New Zealand.


l 390 mm x w 260 mm x d 170 mm

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Animals (fauna)

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