By Holdaway, RichardPhotographs by Morris, Rod
"Describes the original avifauna of North Canterbury as revealed by the fossil evidence in the Pyramid Valley site and other sites in the area, gives the history of the Pyramid Valley site and its environment, and relates the past environment and avifauna to the present landscape..."--Publisher information.Read more
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Dr Richard Holdaway is a private research scientist based in Christchurch. He has spent 30 years studying New Zealand's prehistoric birdlife and the way the fauna and environment changed after the arrival of Polynesian settlers. After completing his PhD on Haast's eagle, the largest eagle known to have existed, he participated in the first extensive surveys of recent fossil deposits in the South Island. Since then, he has specialised in the environmental and biological history of North Canterbury, and in investigating the previously-unsuspected role of burrow-nesting seabirds in the ecology of the North and South Islands. He pioneered the use of stable isotopic analysis and other new technologies as means to work out the biology and habitats of extinct species in New Zealand. He has worked with international specialists in ancient genetics to investigate the relationships of extinct birds, and with New Zealand archaeologists to investigate how - and for how long - people interacted with moa and other New Zealand megafauna. He co-authored, with Trevor H. Worthy, Lost World of the Moa, which has become the standard book on moa and New Zealand's environment before human settlement. Rod Morris is an internationally known and respected wildlife photographer, author, and film-maker. He developed a wide knowledge of New Zealand's fauna and flora while working for the former Wildlife Branch of the Internal Affairs Department before moving into natural history television and wildlife photography. Working from his home in Dunedin, he travels extensively to capture superb images that grace the pages of many books on New Zealand's wildlife and wild places.
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