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‘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 for ongoing conservation efforts.

Moa skull [Credit: FunkMonk/WikiCommons]Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study, by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA (ACAD) and Landcare…

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via The Archaeology News Network, http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2018/02/middle-earth-preserved-in-giant-bird.html

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