found in a cave in Nelson is thought to be 8000 years old.
In Flight of Pollen, fresh native pollen is carried from plant-to-plant. But in new research, it’s evidence of which plants were eaten, way back thousands of years ago!
Scientists analysed the pollen in fossilised moa poo and in fresh deer poo, from Daley’s Flat, Dart River Valley, West Otago.
It’s thought four species of moa lived where the samples were found, three of which can be found in Cloak of Protection: the bush moa; the heavy-footed moa – described as a “40-gallon drum walking on toddler’s gumboots”; the upland moa; and the South Island giant moa.
The pollen, thousands of years old, and still remaining in the dried poo, indicates that each of these species grazed on different plant types within the area.
The pollen also shows that plants that were present when moa roamed the country are now pretty much absent – due to the introduction of deer.
Deer are not like moa. Research by Jamie Wood and Janet Wilmshurst, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research