In a paper contributed by Mr Vincent Pyke'on the extinction of the tnoa, he states it as his opinion, for which lie gives data, that it had disappeared before the advent of the Maori. Maiyr years^ago, when going from Lake Wanafca to the West Coast, he killed a number of kiwis, and being desirous ot knowing upon what they
existed, he opened the crops of several. In every case he found that they lived entirely upon a moss or lichen which was so full of mucilage as to lead him to conclude that a man might subsist on it.for.-months. The inference he drew from this fact, and others whichpoint to a similar conclusion, was that' the old lake-bsds and swamps contained largo stores of gigantic mosses of the .same character, and that these constituted tl ie- chief food of the moa : and that, as the lakes gradually receded and finally dried up, m cojisepuence of the drawing off of their waters by the ever deepening channels caused, by the action of the glaciers, and through, which the rivers now pour, this species of moa food died out and gradually became extinct, and that the raoas suffered a corresponding declension- m i numbers for want/of tn£ir customary food, and so eventually died m consequence. Hence tlie great abundance of moa bqnes around the old lake margins.
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THE MOA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890
THE MOA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890
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