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Prodigious birds : moas and moa-hunting in prehistoric New Zealand / Atholl Anderson.

By: Anderson, Atholl.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press, 1989Description: xviii, 238 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 29 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0521352096 (hbk.).Subject(s): Moas | Maori (New Zealand people) -- Hunting | Hunting, Prehistoric -- New Zealand | New Zealand -- AntiquitiesDDC classification: 598.0420993
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Prodigious Birds brings together the entire field of moa-related research, some 150 years of enquiry. The moa was a large flightless bird, hunted into extinction by the Maori tribes of New Zealand before the arrival of Europeans. Atholl Anderson brings an historical perspective to the development of moa research and its formative debates, analytical methods and results, reviewing evidence from palaeontology, biology, archaeology, ethnography and history.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Preface
  • 1 Introduction
  • Part I Discovery and Biology of Moas
  • 2 Discovery
  • 3 Systematics
  • 4 Origins and development
  • 5 Morphology and behaviour
  • 6 Maori traditions
  • Part II Moa-Hunting, Processing and Extinction
  • 7 The Moa-hunter debate
  • 8 North Island sites
  • 9 South Island coastal sites
  • 10 South Island island sites
  • 11 Hunting strategies
  • 12 Processing technology
  • 13 Chronology and extinction
  • 14 Conclusions
  • Index