The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.

: 1866 - 1939), Saturday 22 March 1919, page 8
IS THE NEW ZEALAND ? MOA
ridiculed, so that no experienced mariner, would risk his reputation by saying he bad then be told that his seen one, and and delusion sea a serpent was nothing but number la of whales a swimming weed! line, or a huge clump of sea There curious beings both on are many and in the depths ot the ocean the land which we know little. concerning Tak* Estimated to be the giant "Calamary," 60ft. in length (from the length ol on? 19ft.). of the tentacles preserved in the John's, museum Newfoundland. of St. fish Ceratodus mud Foster! The Devonian River was only discovered in the Burnett The forest in 1V79. Okapi of the Congo lound by Sir H. H. Johnston about was least, let and consider 1899. Last us the interesting little "cephalopod," that "spirula levis," the shell of which can be of Aus picktd up all along the coast often has it been caught tralia, but how A there was alive ? few years ago only one perfect specimen known, that In the obtained was on which British Museum, Zealand. This mollusc the coast of New lives the surface of on pelagic, and Is the ocean.

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recent The reported discovery of a live ex-<*> of the specimen wingless and great consid-<*> tinct moa (Dinornis) must arouse erable interest. I am referring to not tb« o( on story the which the capture, face ol it Is only a "yarn." sell No respecting the scientist would start on o( the story luvtstigatlon with a body of circus an guard and performers, •rratic captain who was prepared to fire oS a on the slightest alarm, and gun with-, iriguUa away every living creature in a radius of a quarter of a mile. Scien tists assert that the moa has been ex or more, tinct for 100 years but curious ly to enough reports have from time been received from time settlers in tbe out-back districts of New of the Zealand of bird like aa presence some huge ostrich, but no scientific investigation as to to tbe rumour, have been re appears

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is asso of Professor Owen with tbe moa, on account of bis having described it, after a careful and prolonged study of a bone sent him from New Zealand. It is sometimes asserted that on the receipt of this bone the pro forthwith described the specimea as fewor he belonging to a huge bird, of which tbe dimensions. This would indeed gave a wonderful been feat for even have puch a clever paleontologist as Owen.
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it will be to life nis On reference found that he could determine aot to what extlact being the bone belonged it ob and side. put one on strolling through a museum, at bla tenUon was directed to some"specii?e? t*i a h?gigautlc bird, mad compared th« bone, probably a "tibia," and then pub' llahed his description of the moa. bird fully ot account the noticing how care and minutely ho has described it as colour, wingles* regards the height, body, and small head. Now, did Levy ac tually see this bird, or did h« recall th« description from museum somo specimen, if there is one ? well-known Some traveller questioned the belief that the moa has been extinct for so many years, because ot th« Auck land Museum containing one of the eggs with the young the. one emerging from one cannot In

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is apparently in the sama the mythical sea serpent, tb 9 is at one* of which reported appearance ridiculed, so that no experienced mariner,
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