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[寰宇地理]新西兰 欧文山洞穴里发现的恐鸟爪

更多 发布于:2017-12-03 19:56


在 1986 年的时候,考古学家们在新西兰 Mount Owen 这座山发现了好几个连结在一起的洞穴,而在其中两个洞穴之间的通道中,发现了一堆很奇怪的骨头,骨头上还连着一些皮肤,上图就是其中一个。平常人看了的第一个想法,应该会觉得这巨大的爪子属于恐龙,不过考古学家说这些骨头属于 3,000 年前一种不会飞的巨鸟 moa(恐鸟),虽然这爪子看起来很可怕,不过牠们是草食性动物。

Imagine peering through the darkness, with only the tiny, wavering beam of your flashlight picking out the world in front of you, when you’re confronted by that: a very large, very claw-happy foot from some sort of hell-beast that looks like it probably died recently. And you’re down there, trapped in an underground cave system, not knowing whether its bloodthirsty relatives are nearby.
It turns out that the team had stumbled onto the 3,000-year-old remains of an upland moa, a flightless bird that somehow went extinct despite possessing claws that would make a velociraptor jealous. Here’s the naturally mummified, 600-year-old head of a different moa:


And just like the devil’s claw above, the background story behind this discovery reads like a classic horror movie plot line: It was originally discovered in another New Zealand cave back in 1863, by James Campbell. And then, with no explanation, the specimen up and vanished for a number of years, until it resurfaced and was sold to the director of Wellington’s Dominion Museum by Campbell’s great-great-grandson for the suspiciously low price of 5 pounds.

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