Kōrero: Ngā heke i te Wai Nui

Fossil remains of the giant iguana Lapitiguana impensa (2 o 3)

Roke kanae o te ngārara Lapitiguana impensa

Anei te papatoiake o te giant iguana kua mate ā-moa nei, i te taha o te papatoiake o te iguana e ora ana i ēnei rā. I kitea ngā roke kanae o te giant iguana i tētahi ahu otaota i te moutere o Viti Levu i Whītī. Haurua i te kotahi mita te roa o te ngārara nei. Ko te whakaaro i mate ā-moa te ngārara nei i muri tata o te taunga atu o te tangata ki reira e 3,000 tau ki mua.

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Geoff Irwin, 'Ngā heke i te Wai Nui - Te kuhu ki a Poronihia Tawhiti: te iwi Lapita', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4234/roke-kanae-o-te-ngarara-lapitiguana-impensa (accessed 20 July 2019)

Story by Geoff Irwin, published 8 Feb 2005, reviewed & revised 8 Feb 2017