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Research publications

Records of the Auckland Museum

Records of the Auckland Museum

Records of the Auckland Museum (formerly Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum) is our main academic journal. Its 450+ articles incorporate the results of original research on our extensive collections, as well as research by Museum staff and other subject-matter experts. The journal has been published more or less annually since 1930, and includes contributions from more than 150 authors and co-authors dealing mostly with zoology, archaeology, ethnology, and botany.

The articles contain important accounts of archaeological excavations and ethnographic objects, and descriptions of nearly 700 new taxa (mostly new animal species and subspecies)—a major contribution to the documentation of New Zealand's biodiversity.

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  • Volume 54

    Edited by J.W. Early and L. Furey
    ISSN 2422-8567

    Our 2019 volume includes articles on the papers of our first director, T.F. Cheeseman; correspondence between Cheeseman and Henry Ward, of Ward’s Natural Science Establishment in Rochester, New York; fossil and recent molluscan types; and the establishment of the green lacewing (Mallada basalis) on mainland New Zealand.

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  • Volume 53

    Edited by J.W. Early and L. Furey
    ISSN 2422-8567

    Our 2018 issue includes articles on the Egyptian collection; the Mackelvie Trust Board; the Rev. A.H. Voyce; the plants of Waya Island, Fiji; and Charles De Kempeneer, one of our earliest employees.

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  • Volume 52

    Edited by J.W. Early and P.F. Pereira
    ISSN 2422-8567

    Our 2017 issue includes articles on the Motherhood of Man movement, archaeological excavations on Motutapu Island and Matakawau Stingray Point Pā, and Māori Kākahu (cloak) fragments from Piha.

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  • Volume 51

    Edited by J.W. Early and P.F. Pereira
    ISSN 2422-8567

    Our 2016 issue includes articles on fossil and recent molluscan types; the provenance of the type specimen of William Colenso’s giant weta; and research by the late Margaret Morley on intertidal micromollusca and the ostracoda of the Cavalli Islands.

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  • Volume 50

    Edited by J.W. Early and P.F. Pereira
    ISSN 2422-8567

    Our 2015 issue includes articles on an undated sampler attributed to Elizabeth Cook; a Predynastic vessel with a potmark; clay as a medium for Māori artefacts, and intertidal records of 'sea slugs' (nudibranchs and allied opisthobranch gastropods) from the North Island. There are also obituaries of former Auckland Museum director Graham Turbott, Q.S.O. and the surveyor and malacologist Walter Oliver Cernohorsky, F.L.S.

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