Step Aboard the Moa Poop Time Machine

Coprolites, or fossilized dung, double as ecological time capsules, preserving an incredible collection of information about past ecosystems. In Middle Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) researchers from the University of Adelaideís Australian Centre for DNA (ACAD) and Landcare Research NZ reconstructed a pre-civilization community using a bird dung time machine. Dung samples were amassed from numerous sites across the continent. The donors: four species of ratite birds including the extinct gian

Step Aboard the Moa Poop Time Machine

Coprolites, or fossilized dung, double as ecological time capsules, preserving an incredible collection of information about past ecosystems. In Middle Earth (a.k.a. New Zealand) researchers ...

Tue 13 Feb 18 from Discover Magazine

Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung

While the giant birds that once dominated New Zealand are all extinct, a study of their preserved dung (coprolites) has revealed many aspects of their ancient ecosystem, with important insights ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Phys.org

Middle Earth preserved in giant bird dung, Mon 12 Feb 18 from ScienceDaily

Middle Earth Preserved in Giant Bird Dung, Mon 12 Feb 18 from Newswise

What did New Zealand look like before humans came along?

Ancient bird poop is surprisingly good at giving answers.

Thu 15 Feb 18 from Ars Technica

Human Environmental Effects Evident in Ancient Bird Dung

NewsHuman beings first arrived in New Zealand at least 700 years ago. A new study of the dung of now-extinct birds shows how the environment changed with the arrival of people.Staff Author: Seth ...

Mon 12 Feb 18 from Laboratory Equipment

Digging into dung for clues to New Zealandís past biodiversity

Fossilised bird dung from almost 1500 years ago was used for the study.

Tue 13 Feb 18 from The Hindu

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