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Haast and the Moa: Reversing the Tyranny of Distance

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Title: Haast and the Moa: Reversing the Tyranny of Distance
Authors: Barton, Ruth
Issue Date: Jul 2000
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Barton R. 2000. Haast and the moa: reversing the tyranny of distance. Pac Sci 54(3): 251-263.
Abstract: The powerful position of patrons and interpreters at the imperial
centers and the secondary, supportive position of colonial contributors to the
scientific enterprise have been emphasized in the literature on colonial science.
For Sir Julius von Haast, however, New Zealand provided both the opportunity
and the resources for a scientific career of international fame. Moa bones
were his most valuable resource. The exchange and sale of moa bones stocked
his museum; gifts of moa skeletons brought him honors; and he began to claim
that being at the periphery and having seen the bones in situ gave his interpretations
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 54, Number 3, 2000

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