Dr Nic Rawlence of the Otago Palaeogenetics Lab joins Graeme Hill on Weekend Variety Wireless.
Dr Rawlence describes the findings and prospects for new discoveries from unexpected places.
He also describes what ancient middens and the DNA they contain can tell us about how New Zealand used to be.
Dr Rawlence also explores how there are some surprises showing evidence of extinct and previously unknown species.
Listen to the full interview with Dr Nic Rawlence above.
Weekend Variety Wireless with Graeme Hill, 8pm - midnight Saturdays and Sundays, on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the Rova app on Android and iPhone.