Kōrero: Fossils

Cenozoic vertebrates (3 o 3)

Cenozoic vertebrates

During the Cenozoic, fish, marine mammals and birds flourished in New Zealand. Clockwise from top left: a flounder; a seal vertebra, Arctocephalus forsteri (1 million years ago [Ma]); the tibia of the moa species Anomalopteryx didiformis, from Mana Island (1 Ma); penguin leg bones (right femur), Palaeeudyptes, from Kāwhia Harbour (30 Ma); and whale teeth, Kekenodon onomata, from the Waitaki Valley (26 Ma).

These fossils are part of the GNS Science National Paleontological Collection.

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GNS Science
Photograph by Alastair McLean

Permission of GNS Science must be obtained before any use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Age of mammals – Cenozoic', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/9800/cenozoic-vertebrates (accessed 17 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Hamish Campbell, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006