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Skeleton of extinct bird re-discovered in Leeds

The skeleton of the Moa is now on display at Leeds City Museum.

The skeleton of the Moa is now on display at Leeds City Museum.

The bones of one of the largest birds ever to roam the Earth have been uncovered by curators at the Leeds Discovery Centre.

The skeleton of the heavy-footed Moa – a large, extinct, flightless bird – was originally on display in the city in the 19th century, but after being damaged during bombing in World War II, it was removed and packed away, later finding its way to the council’s Leeds Discovery Centre.

Thanks to funding from the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society and the Friends of Leeds City Museum for restoration work, the 1.35metre tall exhibit is now on display at Leeds City Museum.

Curator of Natural Science at Leeds Museums and Galleries Clare Brown, said: “We’re so lucky to have such an important specimen in Leeds.

“I’d been passing this old, dirty skeleton in our store for ages thinking I must do something with it. It had no label and its skull and legs were missing.”

 

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