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Year 1 - 8


Term 3, Mon – Fri, 2017

Students take on the role of a palaeontologist. They ask questions, and consider life processes and ecology while examining fossil remains.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Years 4 - 8, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Term 3, Mon – Fri, 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Science: Levels 2-4
Related galleries and exhibitions
Origins gallery, Te Ao Tūroa gallery, Weird & Wonderful


Investigate New Zealand's pre-historic past

Palaeontologists provide much of the knowledge we have about dinosaurs and fossils. Investigate and explore palaeontology and examine some of the specimens palaeontologists have found.

Students work collaboratively to learn:

  • what a palaeontologist is and what they do
  • what fossils are and how they are created
  • what fossils can tell us about dinosaurs
  • how we know dinosaurs once lived in New Zealand
  • about Joan Wiffen and her contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs in New Zealand

This programme is assisted by LEOTC and funded by the Ministry of Education.