Story: European discovery of plants and animals



This drawing of a takahē (Porphyrio hochstetteri, previously Nortornis mantelli) is from Walter Mantell’s scrapbook, held in the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington. The illustration was done somewhere on the West Coast in the winter of 1849. Mantell found takahē bones in 1847, and was the first to send bones and a takahē skin back to England for description and identification.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: C-103-116-2
Ink drawing by Walter Baldock Durrant Mantell

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John Andrews, 'European discovery of plants and animals - Sealers, missionaries and botanists', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by John Andrews, published 24 Sep 2007