The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

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The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

Postby JR-Orion » May 31, 2012 10:02 am

Number five on this list of "The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries."

http://www.cracked.com/article_19837_th ... eries.html

Anyone ever heard of this? How goes the mapping effort?
Letting the days go by / water flowing underground
Into the blue again / in the silent water
Under the rocks and stones / there is water underground.
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Re: The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

Postby nathanroser » May 31, 2012 12:47 pm

Heh heh Cracked, one of us should do an article there about the most awesome caves no one has ever heard of.
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Re: The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

Postby NZcaver » May 31, 2012 2:52 pm

JR-Orion wrote:Number five on this list of "The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries."

http://www.cracked.com/article_19837_th ... eries.html

Anyone ever heard of this? How goes the mapping effort?

I remember this. I suspect the mapping effort there was completed long ago, but as I recall there are other ongoing surveys in the area.

More info on the Moa claw here - http://extinct-website.com/pdf/Notornis_36_1_36_38.pdf
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Re: The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

Postby Steven Johnson » Jun 1, 2012 8:44 pm

Huh -- according to the linked PDF, this was Whalesmouth/Blowhole; we visited those this past March. I vaguely recall Peter Crossley saying they had been connected to each other, but also that it didn't turn out to be particularly interesting (sounded like a less than exciting dig) but I don't recall him mentioning moa finds.

Looks like there was still meat on the claw -- wonder if anyone tried it? :-)
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Re: The Mount Owen Moa- Giant claw found in New Zealand cave

Postby ian mckenzie » Jun 9, 2012 12:28 pm

I wonder if there are any moa caves like that around...
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