Moa Simulation: The Strange World of Canterbury Ecology

New Zealand has more small-leaved, tangled shrubs than anywhere else in the world. Some experts think the plants evolved like this to deter the now-extinct moa from making them dinner, but Canterbury University ecologist Dave Kelly doesn’t agree. He’s planning to lop the shrubs the night before a big frost, and then watch them die of the cold to prove moa could get the better of the tangled trees.

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