Trevor H. Worthy
is a paleozoologist
from New Zealand
best known for his research work on the moa
which earned him the nick name "Mr. Moa".
In the late 1980s Worthy unearthed the fossil remains of three frog species from the ancient Leiopelmatidae family
, the Aurora frog
), the Markham's frog
), and the Waitomo frog
). In the 1990s Worthy discovered several fossil bird species new to science, including the Long-billed Wren
) in 1991, the Scarlett's Shearwater
) in 1991, and the Niue Night Heron
) in 1995. By 1998 he spend some time on Fiji
, were he found subfossil material of the flightless Viti Levu Giant Pigeon
), the Fiji Scrubfowl
), the Viti Levu Snipe
), the Giant Fiji ground frog
), and the small freshwater crocodile Volia athollandersoni
. The holotypes of these species are on display in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Further remarkable discoveries in which Worthy was involved are the oldest moa bones ever found, the oldest tuatara bones and a new fossil land mammal from New Zealand; the Saint Bathans mammal.
Worthy, who worked under the contract of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology in Masterton, Nelson, and for the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa since 1991 was forced to stop his research work for the museum in 2005 after the funding was cut by the foundation. Since 2005 he has been working at the University of Adelaide, where he received his Ph.D in 2008.
Worthy is co-author of several articles about the prehistoric life on New Zealand. For the book The Lost Land of the Moa (2002) he and Richard N. Holdaway got the D. L. Serventy Medal by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union in 2003 for an outstandling published work about the Australasian avifauna.