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From brobdingnagians to lilliputians: reconstructing prehistoric New Zealand.

February 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Speaker: Dr Nic Rawlence, University of Otago.

Aotearoa New Zealand has been described as the closest thing to studying life on another planet. Yet the animals that survived the arrival of humans are only a fraction of the wide and varied menagerie that originally called these lonely isles home. While we may think we know what prehistoric New Zealand looked like and how this ecosystem functioned, new ancient DNA techniques have revolutionised our understanding of this lost world. In his talk, Nic will take you on a journey, showing how his lab’s latest research is adding new and exciting chapters to the biological heritage of Aotearoa’s living and extinct tanga species.


February 24, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm