Pachyornis elephantopus


 
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Elephant-footed Moa
(Pachyornis elephantopus)

 
syn. Dinornis elephantopus, Dinornis elephantopus var. minor, Dinornis queenslandiae, Dromiceus queenslandiae, Euryapteryx ponderosus, Pachyornis immanus, Pachyornis murihiku, Pachyornis inhabilis, Pachyornis valgus, Pounamua murihiku

 
distribution:

New Zealand: South Island

 
local name: -

 
size: ca. 90 cm (at the back)

extinction date: ca. 1500

 
Remains of this species have been found on New Zealand's South Island

In live it must have been the most ponderous built of the moa species.

The photograph shows a reconstruction in the 'old way', now it is known that such an erect posture was almost impossible for the living Moa, the birds walked in a rather crouched pose with their necks held in an almost horizontal position.

 
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Elephant-footed Moa (Pachyornis elephantopus)


Photo: Alexander Lang

 
References:

- Trevor H. Worthy, Richard N. Holdaway: The Lost World of the Moa, Prehistoric Life of New Zealand. Indiana University Press, Bloomington 2002