Julius Haast poses with moa skeletons at the Canterbury Museum, where he was director. Early colonial museums and philosophical institutes had a strong emphasis on geology and the biological sciences. In particular there was great interest in the life and extinction of moa. Haast traded moa skeletons with overseas museums in exchange for other specimens.
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