New Zealand Speciation
The Evolution of New Zealand Species
Years 1 to 8Years 9 to 13Years 1 to 13Early childhood education
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Terms 1–4
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$5 per student @ Museum | FREE* online session
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Auckland Museum | online
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1 hour | 30 minutes online

This programme is for the following year groups: Years 12–13

Discover the evolutionary stories of some of New Zealand’s most iconic species including moa, kiwi, tuatara, and wētā.

This hour long, lecture-style session demonstrates the evolutionary processes that led to speciation, and lets students get hands-on with specimens from our collection. Additionally, students will get an insight into how speciation can be measured through the Museum’s recent research expeditions to Rangitāhua, the Kermadec Islands.  

This is intended as a review of Achievement Standard 3.5 Evolutionary processes leading to speciation.

Learning Outcomes
Learners will:

· Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation in context to New Zealand species

· Identify with examples why and how New Zealand species’ have developed unusual adaptations and behaviours

· Describe in detail the evolution of moa

· Describe in detail the movement of Aotearoa’s geology over time and the implications on its species

*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: Dinornis robustus, LB4361, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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