Amazing preserved moa foot, approximately 3,300-4,400 years old
“Several specimens with soft tissue and feather remains are known: British Museum A16, found at Queenstown in 1876, is the type of the species. A leg with much muscle tissue, skin and feathers from the Old Man Range is in the Otago Museum (C.68.2), and a skeleton with tissue on neck and head from the Cromwell area (NMNZ S.000400) is in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which also holds a foot with some muscle and sinews, found in January 7, 1987 at Mount Owen (NMNZ S.023080). The latter was dated to be about 3,300–3,400 years old. “
“Emu is a large bird that can reach up to height of 190 cm that is to say just above 4 feet man. Female emus are relatively greater in size slightly as compared to the males. As against the ostrich (with two toes) emus have three toes with long neck and legs. The size of their wings is around 20 cm (7.9 inch) long with surprisingly a claw at the end of the wing. The working of these wings bears paramount significance while running in that they help them in maintaining a sheer balance while moving. The limb musculature has been designed in such a way as to enable the bird to run expressly. While walking emus are capable to take a step of more than 3 feet however; when it comes to the maximum stride this step increases to around 9.02 feet.
There are no feathers on their legs while the lower part of their legs are thick in order to provide more comfort. The size of their toes and claws is about 15 centimeters (almost 6 inch). The sharp nails and the strong legs help them to run off from any predator. So far as the eyes are concerned they are brown in color and the eyelid moves all through the eye to ensure the complete protection from dust particles. Actually there are nictitating membranes which serve as a shelter to these eyes. The sounds of emu are like grunting and booming with the very high pitch (especially in females) that it can be easily heard even at a distance of 2 km.”