An extinct North Island giant moa leg

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Lot Description

An extinct North Island giant moa leg, species Dinornis novaezelandiae, consisting of femur, tibia, metatarsus and toe bones. Mostly from one bird, some restoration and plaster cast replacement. Wire mounted on a display stand. H.1250mm. Provenance: Found by our vendor in 1967 on his Oparure family farm, south Waitomo district. Copy of 1968 newspaper article available illustrating and detailing this leg. Note: This species reached about 3.6m height with neck outstretched, and weighed about 230kg, being one of the two largest species.