There has been considerable research and debate about the moa’s stance. In the earliest years of scientific work on the bird, it was thought that it stood upright, almost like a camel, as illustrated by this drawing of the Dinornis that appeared in Ferdinand Hochstetter’s 1867 guide to the geography, geology and natural history of New Zealand.
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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-K 658-176
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