Toenga Mokonui - Palaeontology
Fossils and extinct species
Years 1 to 8Years 9 to 13Years 1 to 13Early childhood education
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Term 1 - 4
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Auckland Museum | At your school
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60 minutes

This programme is for the following year groups: Years 5-10

Palaeontologists provide much of the knowledge we have about fossils, dinosaurs and other extinct species. Investigate and explore palaeontology and examine some specimen’s palaeontologists have found. In a hands-on experience, students learn about the process of fossilisation and how these discoveries help fill in the blanks in the evolutionary tree.

Learning Outcomes
Learners will:
• Describe the role of a palaeontologist.
• Understand the process of fossilisation.
• Understand the importance of studying fossils to describe extinct species.
• Understand the principle of ‘mauri’ and explore the concept and practices of ‘kaitiakitanga’.
• Learn the whakapapa of various fossils found across Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa to make connections to their own past.

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