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Forensics and ship logs solve a 200-year mystery about where the first kiwi specimen was collected

By Paul Scofield, Adjunct professor, University of Canterbury
Vanesa De Pietri, Fellow, University of Canterbury
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Māori treasure kiwi feathers for weaving cloaks for high-ranking people. But the bird's first description by European scientists is quite recent, based on a specimen that arrived in London in 1812.


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