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North Canterbury Palaeome Project

The North Canterbury Palaeome Project is based on the rich resources of the Quaternary fossil record of North Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand. It is a long-term project, is aimed at increasing our understanding the structure and functioning of New Zealand’s environment before people arrived and altered it forever. The information gained will improve knowledge of New Zealand's natural heritage, underpin management of ecological restoration programmes, and provide a context for predicting the effects of climate change and direct human intervention in the environment.

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Relative neighbours - a Marsden Fund (RSNZ) project

Our focus is on the biology and environment of four species of extinct moa (Dinornithiformes). Evolving technologies are wresting a wealth of information from the isotopic chemistry of well-preserved moa bones such as this tibiotarsus of a South Island giant moa (Dinornis robustus). 

Pyramid Valley excavation 2008

In January-February 2008, we conducted an exploratory and technology development excavation at Pyramid Valley. This was the first excavation at the site since 1973, and it was conducted by permission of the site owners, Mike and Jan Hodgen, and the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust, who oversee the site's protection covenant.

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