Story: Pacific migrations

Fossil remains of the giant megapode Megavitiornis altirostris (3rd of 3)

Fossil remains of the giant megapode Megavitiornis altirostris

The giant megapode, a flightless bird, was no doubt quickly killed off by human settlers when they arrived on islands inhabited by these birds. These remains of a bird’s foot are from the Fijian island of Viti Levu. The only megapode that still lives on in Polynesia is the Polynesian megapode Megapodius pritchardii. A smaller species than the giant megapode, it survives on the volcanic Tongan island of Niuafo’ou.

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Palaeofaunal Surveys
Photograph by Jim Palmer and T. H. Worthy

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Geoff Irwin. 'Pacific migrations - Into Remote Oceania: Lapita people', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 16-Nov-12
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