New Zealand

Just out | Last Glacial pollen–climate reconstructions from Northland, New Zealand @ Journal of Quaternary Science

Just out @ Journal of Quaternary Science Last Glacial pollen–climate reconstructions from Northland, New Zealand Author(s) R.M. Newnham, B. V. Alloway, K.A. Holt, K. Butler, A.B.H. Rees, J.M. Wilmshurst, G. Dunbar, I. Hajdas Abstract: Despite wide-ranging interest in the vegetation and climate of Northland, New Zealand, during the last glacial cycle, the region and timeframe lack quantitative climate reconstructions while land-based pollen records have tended to be poorly dated and

Just out | Pollen-based temperature and precipitation records of the past 14,600 years in northern New Zealand (37°S) and their linkages with the Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation @ The Holocene

Just out @ The Holocene Pollen-based temperature and precipitation records of the past 14,600 years in northern New Zealand (37°S) and their linkages with the Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation Author(s) Ignacio A Jara, Rewi M Newnham, Brent V Alloway, Janet M Wilmshurst, Andrew BH Rees Abstract: Regional vegetation, climate history, and local water table fluctuations for the past 14,600 years are reconstructed from pollen and charcoal records of an ombrogenous peatbog

On the News | New Zealand | Huia-like bird could sing from the branches once again, but what are the limits? @ Stuff, The Press

On the News @ Stuff, The Press Title:  Huia-like bird could sing from the branches once again, but what are the limits? Excerpt: “Woolly mammoths stomping the arctic plains. Huia birds flitting between branches in the Wairarapa. Velociraptors roaming the Canterbury plains. OK, maybe not the velociraptors, but such a world is being painted by research into bringing animals back from extinction, an idea once reserved for dinosaur movies and science-fiction books. As

Just out | Gleichenia-like Korallipteris alineae sp. nov. macrofossils (Polypodiophyta) from the Miocene Landslip Hill silcrete, New Zealand @ New Zealand Journal of Botany

Just out @ New Zealand Journal of Botany Gleichenia-like Korallipteris alineae sp. nov. macrofossils (Polypodiophyta) from the Miocene Landslip Hill silcrete, New Zealand Author(s) John G. Conran, Joseph A. Jackson, Daphne E. Lee & Elizabeth M. Kennedy Abstract: Partial fossil frond impressions of a Gleichenia-like fern are described and figured from specimens recovered from the early Miocene Landslip Hill silcrete deposit, Gore Lignite Measures, Southland, New Zealand. The fronds are at

Just out | Neutron tomography of Austrosequoia novae-zeelandiae comb. nov. (Late Cretaceous, Chatham Islands, New Zealand): implications for Sequoioideae phylogeny and biogeography @ Journal of Systematic Palaeontology

Just out @ Journal of Systematic Palaeontology Neutron tomography of Austrosequoia novae-zeelandiae comb. nov. (Late Cretaceous, Chatham Islands, New Zealand): implications for Sequoioideae phylogeny and biogeography Author(s) Chris Mays, David J. Cantrill, Jeffrey D. Stilwell & Joseph J. Bevitt Abstract: The Tupuangi Flora of the Chatham Islands, New Zealand, reveals a south polar forest ecosystem, and important biogeographical links between eastern and western Gondwana. We employed neutron tomography (NT) to image

On the News | A new fossil shows ancient penguins were as tall as people for 30 million years @ Business Insider

On the News @ Business Insider Title: A new fossil shows ancient penguins were as tall as people for 30 million years Excerpt “The evolution of penguins is a bit of a puzzle for scientists. Did their ancestors fly or were they always confined to land and sea? More importantly, were they always the size they are now? Scientists from New Zealand and Senckenberg finally have some answers, thanks to their recent discovery

On the News | Ancient penguins were giant animals for 30 million years, according to a newly-discovered fossil @ Business Insider

On the News @ Business Insider Title: Ancient penguins were giant animals for 30 million years, according to a newly-discovered fossil Excerpt “The evolution of penguins is a bit of a puzzle for scientists. Did their ancestors fly or were they always confined to land and sea? More importantly, were they always the size they are now? Scientists from New Zealand and Senckenberg finally have some answers, thanks to their recent discovery

On the News | Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age @ Live Science

On the News @ Live Science Title: Giant Prehistoric Penguins Evolved During the Dinosaur Age Excerpt “Penguins that walked the Earth 61 million years ago might have been giants, growing to nearly 5 feet tall, according to the oldest penguin fossils unearthed to date. Perhaps even more impressive, these oversize waddlers might have evolved alongside dinosaurs, the researchers report in a new study. Penguins are flightless, but they can swim

On the News | Waddling with dinosaurs: Ancient New Zealand fossil connects penguins and dinosaurs @ Environment

On the News @ Environment Excerpt The fossilised remains of an ancient, human-sized penguin found in Canterbury suggest penguins once waddled the earth with dinosaurs. A fossilised leg bone found in the Waipara River belonged to a penguin that stood 1.5 metres tall, roughly the size of a small adult. It would have swam in the waters of Zealandia, the sub-continent which broke away from Gondwanaland. It was dated to 61 million years

Just out | A new fossil from the mid-Paleocene of New Zealand reveals an unexpected diversity of world’s oldest penguins @ The Science of Nature

Just out @ The Science of Nature Abstract We describe leg bones of a giant penguin from the mid-Paleocene Waipara Greensand of New Zealand. The specimens were found at the type locality of Waimanu manneringi and together with this species they constitute the oldest penguin fossils known to date. Tarsometatarsus dimensions indicate a species that reached the size of Anthropornis nordenskjoeldi, one of the largest known penguin species. Stem group penguins