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Te Papa
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Te Papa 9h
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We can only speculate that it shared many habits with its closest relative, the blue-billed duck (Oxyura australis) of Australia and was probably an uncommon resident on our lakes and swamps.
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Te Papa 9h
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Its fossils have proved a rare find, meaning very little is known about it. To date, they've only been found at two sites (representing 20+ individuals) and all but one bone is from Holocene deposits at Lake Poukawa in Hawke's Bay.
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Te Papa 9h
The New Zealand blue-billed duck (Oxyura vantetsi) was the only member of this widespread genus in Aotearoa.
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Te Papa Nov 23
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Te Papa Nov 23
Kea 2021 campaign kicking off early. Getting the model shots out of the way with botany collection manager Anthony Kusabs.
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Te Papa Nov 12
Whether you smiled at a moa, sniffed a kiwi, or impersonated an angler fish, 1 million of you have now passed through our new nature zone, Te Taiao Nature.
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Te Papa Nov 12
“Behind the scenes with Abercrombie and Fetch” would have made a better caption. But that’s just the way the doggy treat crumbles.
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House of Boom Nov 12
Who's really making your clothes? And are they paid at least a living wag?
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Te Papa Nov 12
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And that... is the perfect caption.
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Te Papa Nov 12
We feel like this is a photograph the nation needs to see right now ? 📷Michael Grace Ltd., 29 January 1974, by Christopher Bede Studios Ltd. Gift of the Frank Hofmann Estate, 2016. Te Papa (A.024518)
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Te Papa Nov 11
Te Papa's Curator Vertebrates Felix Marx talks about the monk seal fossil discovered in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Te Papa Nov 11
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the tussock this summer. Vote kārearea, 2020
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Te Papa Nov 10
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Around 2.5 metres in length and weighing around 200 - 250kg, Eomonachus belegaerensis lived in the waters around New Zealand some three million years ago. [4/4]
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Te Papa Nov 10
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It was previously thought that all true seals originated in the North Atlantic, with some later crossing the equator. Eomonachus now shows that many ancient seals, including the ancestors of today’s monk, elephant and Antarctic seals, actually evolved in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Te Papa Nov 10
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It's name: Eomonachus belegaerensis, after the sea of Belegaer which lies west of Middle Earth in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. [2/4]
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Te Papa Nov 10
A new species of monk seal has been identified in our fossil collections which radically changes scientists’ understanding of how seal species evolved around the world. [1/4]
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Te Papa Nov 9
📷 Billy Silly, 1958, New Zealand, by Eric Lee-Johnson. Purchased 1997 with New Zealand Lottery Grants Board funds. © Te Papa. CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. Te Papa (O.009532/02)
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Te Papa Nov 9
[TOUR] Join the exhibition’s curators to tour Modern Living: Design in 1950s New Zealand. See and hear about furniture, homewares, and architecture from this transformative era
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Te Papa Nov 2
Nau mai rā. Four Toi moko (Māori ancestral heads) have been welcomed today, after returning to New Zealand from Germany. These tūpuna began their journey home to Aotearoa in ceremonies at the Berlin Ethnological Museum on 12 October and Göttingen University on 16 October.
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Botany Curator Oct 29
And we meet at last! This elusive spider ( rivularis) is very rare & is 1 of the only 2 areas in where it grows. Today I managed to get my giant hands on a few samples for to study it’s
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