Kiore, the Polynesian rat, came along with the first people to settle in New Zealand. Kiore thrived in conifer–broadleaf forests, and are implicated in the extinction of birds, lizards and frogs. They also destroyed the seeds of forest plants. This miro seed case fossil clearly shows kiore teeth marks.
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Landcare Research – Manaaki Whenua
Photograph by Janet Wilmshurst
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