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High-Resolution Coproecology: Using Coprolites to Reconstruct the Habits and Habitats of New Zealand’s Extinct Upland Moa (Megalapteryx didinus)

  • Jamie R. Wood mail,

    woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz

    Affiliation: Landcare Research, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • Janet M. Wilmshurst,

    Affiliation: Landcare Research, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • Steven J. Wagstaff,

    Affiliation: Landcare Research, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand

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  • Trevor H. Worthy,

    Affiliation: School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    a Current address: School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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  • Nicolas J. Rawlence,

    Affiliation: Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

    b Current address: Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Waikato, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand

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  • Alan Cooper

    Affiliation: Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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  • Published: June 29, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040025

About the Authors

Jamie R. Wood, Janet M. Wilmshurst, Steven J. Wagstaff
Landcare Research, Lincoln, Canterbury, New Zealand
Trevor H. Worthy
School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Nicolas J. Rawlence, Alan Cooper
Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: woodj@landcareresearch.co.nz

Competing Interests

JRW, JMW and SJW are employed by Landcare Research. There are no patents, products in development or marketed products to declare. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLoS ONE policies on sharing data and materials, as detailed online in the guide for authors.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: JRW JMW THW AC. Performed the experiments: JRW JMW THW NJR. Analyzed the data: JRW JMW SJW. Wrote the paper: JRW JMW SJW THW NJR AC.