Tagged: gondwana

Moa’s Ark or flypaper of the Pacific – New Zealand’s place in the biology of the Pacific - From Past to Present

Michael Knapp Jun 17, 2021

It was the year 2002 and I was sitting in the shiny new office of our Biogeography Professor for my oral Diploma exam. It was going well, when I was asked to name an example of a Gondwanan distribution pattern, or in other words a species or group of species whose present-day distribution goes back to the ancient Gondwanan supercontinent … Read More

From Restoration to Reconciliation: Belief 4 – We need to restore the balance - So Shoot Me

Jamie Steer Dec 17, 2018

This is the idea that people have upset the balance or equilibrium of nature, but that we can return that balance in future if appropriate steps are taken. This belief is very much supported in New Zealand by this notion that our environment is Gondwanan and that it hasn’t changed much in the last 80 million years. Or if … Read More

Evolution in our changing lands - Infrequently Asked Questions

Lynley Hargreaves Nov 12, 2015

Professor Jon Waters New Zealand has often been pictured as a kind of ‘ark’ of ancient species, isolated and unchanging since our land broke away from Gondwana 80 million years ago. But new Royal Society of New Zealand Fellow Professor Jon Waters, over multiple Marsden Fund grants, has explored the idea that geology is both more and less … Read More