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Volume 8, 1875
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1. “Notice of the discovery of Moa Remains at Ellerslie, near Auckland,” by T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S.

Mr. Cheeseman remarked that he had visited the cave at Ellerslie, and had explored it carefully, and gave a description of its position and size, the whole length of the two unequal compartments into which it was divided being 98 feet, and its height in no place exceeding eight feet, the floor being composed of basaltic lava. The Moa bones, all more or less decayed, were found only in the smaller compartment, and that, prior to this discovery, he was not aware of any Moa bones having been found or known to exist north of Raglan and the Upper Waikato.

The author stated that some time ago Dr. Alder Fisher informed him that he had seen Moa bones in a small cave near the Ellerslie race-course, and at his request he had made an exploration of the cave in question. A considerable number of Moa bones were obtained, but in such a bad state of preservation as to be useless for scientific purposes. Hardly any perfect examples were seen. Human bones were found in the same cave, and a considerable number in an adjacent one, but were evidently much more recent than those of the Moa.

Mr. H. A. H. Monro said that it was surprising to him to hear it stated that the Maoris knew nothing of the Moa. Not only was there the evidence of the numerous derivative words in their language, but they had distinct traditions of it, and could relate how their forefathers attacked and captured it, and how the Moa defended itself. In fact, it appeared to him that there was an overwhelming amount of evidence in favour of the supposition that the Moa had been exterminated by the Maori at a not very distant period of time.

2.“Notes on the Sword Fish, Ziphias gladius,” by T. F. Cheeseman, F.L.S. (See Transactions, page 219.)

Various portions of the skeleton, both of this species and of the allied Histiophorus herschelli, were exhibited from the Museum collections.

3.“Remarks on the Pselaphidœ of New Zealand,” by Captain T. Brown. (See Transactions, page 271.)

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This paper contained an enumeration of the Pselaphidœ hitherto found in New Zealand, together with some cursory remarks, and also enclosed detailed descriptions of the various species by Dr. Sharp of Dumfries.