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Moa : the dramatic story of the discovery of a giant bird

Author: Richard Wolfe
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Penguin Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1839, on the basis of a single mysterious fragment of bone from the other side of the world, the great English anatomist Richard Owen reached the conclusion that it came from an unknown gigantic flightless bird. Despite this being shortly before it is time of Darwin and the great evolution debate, many initially thought Owen's claim preposterous. A huge new bird that couldn't fly? Like an ostrich?  Read more...
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Named Person: Richard Owen; Richard Owen; Richard Owen
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wolfe
ISBN: 0143018736 9780143018735
OCLC Number: 53460478
Description: 249 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction : on the wings of a moa --
Ch. 1. An unpromising fragment --
Ch. 2. The flax factor --
Ch. 3. Trade and exchange --
Ch. 4. With God on their side --
Ch. 5. Dissension in the ranks --
Ch. 6. Give the man a bone --
Ch. 7. The lone fragment --
Ch. 8. Bound for the Antipodes --
Ch. 9. Fossils, frogs and grains of sand --
Ch. 10. In search of natural knowledge --
Ch. 11. Extinguished features --
Ch. 12. Creating monsters --
Ch. 13. Back to the bone.
Responsibility: Richard Wolfe.
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