Field Bones.   Bones from both horse and cattle have been collected from the fields (Paddocks) of NZ farms, Field bones are not perfection but frequently characterised by effects of weathered, corrosion, ageing and in some cases a little damage . Field bones are free of tissue, degreased, and bleached white and as such be of interest to artist, bone carvers and interior decorators.


Order: Galliformes        Family: Phasiamnae                     
Chicken Gallus gallus

The chicken, domestic fowel Gallus gallus domestica is a sub species of the Red Junglefowel of which had its origins in Northern Idia. From which they have spread though out the world.

The chicken is one of the most common and wide spread of domestic animals through out the world with an estimated population of 25 million and there are more chickens in the world than there are other species of bird.

Such numbers of chickens is a product of human intervention , that of domestication and rearing them as a source of food, meat and eggs!.

The chicken is an omnivore,   consuming seeds, insects, lizards small snakes and young mice.


Skeletal Reconstruction

A bone cleaning, degreasing, bleaching, repair and reconstruction service are offered for fish, birds and land           vertebrar, and the manufacture of display cases to the requirements of the items. This service is only available       within NZ.  

Two recent activities  have been the reconstruction of a Kakapo (Strigops habrophlia) from Cod Fish Island for the   Dept of Conservation and a Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) from the Yellow-eyed penguin Trust     Dunedin, in both cases SDU was provided with boxes of field collected bones and given the task of cleaning, degreasing, bleaching, sorting, identifying, reconstruction and setting them up in display case.

                        Kakapo field collected bones                         Kakapo reconstructed
            Yellow-eyed penguin field collected bones.                Yellow-eyed penguin reconstructed











Order: Perissodactyla       Family: Equidae                   
Horse Equus caballus

Equus caballus the best known perissodactyla  or the domestic horse “have had a relationship with humans that is known to extend back some 4 000 to 6000 years and .where humans  have used  them as a beast of burden, transportation and in wars. 

The horse is thought to have originated as a native of Asia though DNA of present day horses vary greatly suggesting they may have been domesticated in more than one place and from several different horse populations.

Horses are browsers feeding on grasses and a great variety of vegetation

No other animal can match the contribution that horses have made to human civilisation


Order: Artiodactyla         Family: Bovidae                     
Goat Capra hircus

The word goat is an modern English word that  comes from the old English  gat. “she goat, goat in general. ”The present day  domestic goat is said to have come from the  wild goats of SE Asia and E Europe some 10.000 years back.. Where it has been used as a source of milk, meat, also their dung was used as fuel while their bones, hair and sinues for clothing, building and fuel.

As a herbivore their diet is made up of woody shrubs, grasses, berries, lichens.