Former presence of a parakeet (Cyanoramphus sp.) on Campbell Island, New Zealand subantarctic, with notes on the island's fossil sites and fossil record
|Title||Former presence of a parakeet (Cyanoramphus sp.) on Campbell Island, New Zealand subantarctic, with notes on the island's fossil sites and fossil record|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Holdaway, RN, Thorneycroft, JM, McClelland, P, Bunce, M|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||Campbell Island, Cyanoramphus, fossil fauna, New Zealand subantarctic, parakeet|
One significant late Holocene deposit of bird and other fossils was discovered during a brief survey of potential fossil sites on subantarctic Campbell I, New Zealand. The bones recovered included the first specimen of a Cyanoramphus parakeet from the island. Preliminary ancient DNA analysis of the parakeet bone confirmed its generic identification and may ultimately facilitate the re-introduction of a taxon that most closely resembles the genetic make-up of the extinct population. Some implications of the fossil record and value of the fossil sites are discussed.