Dinosaurs – Colossal Fossils
Prehistoric Aotearoa
Years 1 to 8Years 9 to 13Years 1 to 13Early childhood education
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Terms 1–4
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Auckland Museum
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50 minutes

This programme is for the following year groups: Years 1–4

Get hands-on with replica dinosaur bones and observe and identify the characteristics of well-known herbivore and carnivore dinosaur species.  

Delving deep into the fossil remains of prehistoric life, learners will discover the processes of palaeontology. Gain a greater appreciation for how dinosaurs have evolved, and how marine and avian reptiles differ.

Learning Outcomes
Learners will:

  • Understand what a fossil is, how they are formed and why palaeontologists study them.
  • Make connections between animals that live today and those that lived millions of years ago.
  • Discover about Joan Wiffen, the amateur paleontologist who helped uncover that dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand.
  • Observe and identify the differentiating features of a variety of dinosaurs.  

This programme is also available in Te Reo Māori.

*Terms and Conditions for FREE online sessions
1) Session are on average 30 minutes in duration
2) Minimum of 10 participants are required
3) Bookings need to be made a minimum of 2 weeks in advance
4) Free online programmes are available throughout Term 4 2021, however will conclude once schools are permitted to attend onsite

Image details: Cryolophosaurus ellioti, LH2099   © Auckland Museum CC BY
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