The dramatic story of the discovery of a giant bird
The intriguing story of the controversy and personalities behind the discovery of the Moa in the nineteenth century.
In 1839, on the basis of a single mysterious fragment of bone from the other side of the world, the great English anatomist Richard Owen reached the conclusion that it came from an unknown gigantic flightless bird. Despite this being shortly before the time of Darwin and the great evolution debate, many initially thought Owen's claim preposterous.
A huge new bird that couldn't fly? Like an Ostrich? Ridiculous!
Owen's piece of bone is the starting point for Richard Wolfe's fascinating story of scientific intrigue and personality clashes in one of the nineteenth century's great natural history discoveries.
Chapter 1. An Unpromising Fragment
Chapter 2. The Flax Factor
Chapter 3. Trade and Exchange
Chapter 4. With God on Their Side
Chapter 5. Dissension in the Ranks
Chapter 6. Give the Man a Bone
Chapter 7. The Lone Fragment
Chapter 8. Bound for the Antipodes
Chapter 9. Fossils, Frogs and Grains of Sand
Chapter 10. In Search of Natural Knowledge
Chapter 11. Extinguished Features
Chapter 12. Creating Monsters
Chapter 13. Back to the Bone
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