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Year 9 - 13


Terms 1-3, Mon to 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.

Year levels 9-10, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Terms 1-3, Mon to Fri, 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Science: Level 4-5
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.

Digital resources


Are you a member of pond? Auckland Museum's digital resources can be found on pond, the network for learning portal.

Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) - Fossils: Digging up the Past

Many children have an active interest in fossils, particularly as they relate to dinosaurs. This resource provides the opportunity for children to investigate fossils and how they are made.

New Zealand Fossils in 3D

Check out current research by scientists at GNS Science studying fossils in the Palaeontology Department.