Story: Conifer–broadleaf forests

Gnawed miro seed

Gnawed miro seed

Kiore, the Polynesian rat, came along with the first people to settle in New Zealand. Kiore thrived in conifer–broadleaf forests, and are implicated in the extinction of birds, lizards and frogs. They also destroyed the seeds of forest plants. This miro seed case fossil clearly shows kiore teeth marks.

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John Dawson, 'Conifer–broadleaf forests - Native wildlife and forest survival', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2021)

Story by John Dawson, published 24 Sep 2007