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Year 9 - 13

New Zealand speciation and patterns of evolution

Students examine New Zealand’s geological history, fossil record and our unique flora and fauna, including insects, moa and other bird life.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira.

Year levels 12-13, maximum 30 students
5 per student for a one-hour session
Term 3: 24 July–29 September
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Levels 7-8
- Science (Biology)
Related galleries and exhibitions
Origins gallery


Explore New Zealand's natural history

This programme directly addresses New Zealand examples relevant to the Level 3 Biology Achievement Standard 91605 Demonstrate understanding of evolutionary processes leading to speciation.

This programme combines gallery interaction and skilled facilitation between students and the Museum's extensive 'handling collection'. Using creative and critical thinking skills in a science context, students are encouraged to think beyond the physical gallery space. The programme offers an in-depth look at the key identifiers of ratites as well as examining adaptive radiation and speciation.

We recommend combining this session with the Human biological and cultural evolution programme.

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