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On Tue, 13 Feb 2001, Tim Williams wrote:
> >Well, Kangaroo Island was part of the Austrailian mainland as late as
> >thousand years ago,
> Makes no difference. Emus lived on Kangaroo Island quite happily for 12,000
> years before the colonists wiped them out. The emus didn't shrivel up and
> die as soon as Kangaroo island became isolated. Large birds can live on
> tiny islands. So, if most of NZ was submerged during the Caenozoic, I think
> the little islands that remained above water could have sustained
> populations of moas. Perhaps the moas weren't as large as _Dinornis
> maximus_, but they were moas nonetheless.
As a frequent visitor to KI (it has a great early Cambrian Lagerstatte)
I can tell you that introduced mainland emus are thriving there now.