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Giant Moa Rebuilt Using Ancient DNA From Prehistoric Feathers
sciencedaily ^

Posted on 07/02/2009 3:09:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono

Scientists have performed the first DNA-based reconstruction of the giant extinct moa bird, using prehistoric feathers recovered from caves and rock shelters in New Zealand.

Researchers from the University of Adelaide and Landcare Research in New Zealand have identified four different moa species after retrieving ancient DNA from moa feathers believed to be at least 2500 years old.

The giant birds – measuring up to 2.5 metres and weighing 250 kilograms – were the dominant animals in New Zealand’s pre-human environment but were quickly exterminated after the arrival of the Maori around 1280 AD.

(Excerpt) Read more at sciencedaily.com ...


TOPICS: Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; moa; science

Historical photograph comparing a kiwi, ostrich, and Dinornis (giant moa), each with its egg.


1 posted on 07/02/2009 3:09:07 PM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

A 500 pound chicken—no surprise it didn’t last long once the Maori arrived.


2 posted on 07/02/2009 3:10:26 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

wonder if they tasted like the colonel cooked them? finger likkin good!


3 posted on 07/02/2009 3:14:40 PM PDT by madamemayhem (there are only two places in the world: over here and over there.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

4 posted on 07/02/2009 3:15:28 PM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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5 posted on 07/02/2009 3:16:19 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono

6 posted on 07/02/2009 3:16:41 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Yup, I’ll bet they tasted real good to the Maori’s, so much that, no matter how many they ate, they still wanted some Moa.


7 posted on 07/02/2009 3:17:03 PM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: JoeProBono
...were the dominant animals in New Zealand’s pre-human environment...

Let's hope being finger lickin' good was the only reason for killing them off...

8 posted on 07/02/2009 3:19:01 PM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: ETL

9 posted on 07/02/2009 3:24:37 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: LRS

Either you eat chicken, or chicken eat you!


10 posted on 07/02/2009 3:25:36 PM PDT by Clock King
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To: LRS
The dreaded Haast's Eagle did em in.

Haast's Eagle hunting moa. (Image courtesy of John Megahan)

Ancient DNA Helps Solve The Legend Of Giant Eagles

11 posted on 07/02/2009 3:25:42 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

12 posted on 07/02/2009 3:28:51 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

13 posted on 07/02/2009 3:32:02 PM PDT by x
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To: x

Lol!


14 posted on 07/02/2009 3:35:02 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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15 posted on 07/02/2009 3:46:30 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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16 posted on 07/02/2009 4:15:52 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I remember having some creature like that as a plastic toy when I was a kid. Also the Wooly Mammoth and Giant Sloth Bear. These and the dinosaur toys were made a lot better then.


17 posted on 07/02/2009 4:34:56 PM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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18 posted on 07/02/2009 6:38:26 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

YOIKS! I can’t keep up with the chickens!!!


19 posted on 07/02/2009 6:41:42 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN! ~~ [Borrowed from redhead])
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To: Pearls Before Swine; HerrBlucher
A 500 pound chicken—no surprise it didn’t last long once the Maori arrived.

When they ran out, they took canoes looking for more.

When they reached a large group of islands, they were misunderstood, resulting in a war between them and the native islanders.

The islands were named in commemoration of the incident, because they kept saying, "you got sam moa? We want sam moa!"

20 posted on 07/02/2009 7:34:21 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: JoeProBono

Do my eyes deceive me, or does that buzzard have four drumsticks?


21 posted on 07/02/2009 7:36:10 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: JoeProBono

Wait a minute...if the ostritch is flightless then why does it have a carrier landing hook?


22 posted on 07/02/2009 7:44:52 PM PDT by gnarledmaw (Hive-mind liberals worship "leaders". Sovereign conservatives elect servants.)
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To: gnarledmaw
Dunno


23 posted on 07/02/2009 7:47:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
From the headline, I was expecting something more along these lines...

or or, at the very least,

24 posted on 07/02/2009 8:05:24 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The mob got President Barabbas; America got shafted)
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To: Monkey Face

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25 posted on 07/02/2009 8:13:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

BUT!!! Can it be Kentucky FRIED?????


26 posted on 07/02/2009 8:15:47 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN! ~~ [Borrowed from redhead])
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To: JoeProBono

27 posted on 07/02/2009 8:20:05 PM PDT by Costumed Vigilante (Congress: When a handful of evil morons just isn't enough)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

Now we’ll get moa and moa until we can’t take no moa because we’ll be up to our asses in moa.


28 posted on 07/02/2009 8:41:48 PM PDT by wildbill ( The reason you're so jealous is that the voices talk only to me.)
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29 posted on 07/02/2009 8:43:00 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Costumed Vigilante; JoeProBono

I think I’ve been watching too many Sci-Fi movies....
It looks like something I can’t think of.


30 posted on 07/02/2009 8:46:53 PM PDT by Monkey Face (RUN, SARAH, RUN! ~~ [Borrowed from redhead])
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To: JoeProBono
What's the daily bag limit?
I bet it tastes just like chicken.
Maybe a garlic-herb marinade would be in order?
31 posted on 07/02/2009 8:50:49 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: LRS
Let's hope being finger lickin' good was the only reason for killing them off...

ANd bringing them back ;)

32 posted on 07/03/2009 5:09:59 PM PDT by HeartlandOfAmerica (Obama and the Dem Congress will spend $5 trillion every year of his presidency until they break US!)
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