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Fair Dinkum Dinosaurs

Onsite
Full Day
Book Program
Year Levels

Background

One hundred million years ago, parts of Australia lay under ancient inland seas alive with marine reptiles, while prehistoric creatures roamed the land. Given Australia’s geographic isolation many of Australia’s dinosaurs evolved as unique species adapted to extreme conditions.

Australia’s dinosaurs are known mostly from fragmentary fossils. Dinosaur fossils have been found mainly in the Eastern half of Australia (Queensland, New South Wales & Victoria). Today, these fossils, bones and footprints from these amazing creatures give us an insight into what they might have looked like and how they may have lived.

An incredible moment in Australian Dinosaur history has been preserved at the Lark Quarry in Queensland, this is known as the Dinosaur Stampede. It has been estimated that around 95 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, a large dinosaur ran through a flock of 180 bird-sized carnivorous Theropods and herbivorous Ornithopods. The smaller dinosaurs fled the larger dinosaur, leaving thousands of footprints impressed on the Earth’s muddy surface. Over time the footprints filled with sand and became preserved beneath a lake. As the lake dried up, the footprints turned to rock.


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required for this program


Learning Intentions

In this program, students will:

  • Learn about the different types of Australian dinosaurs, where they lived and what they might have looked like through fossil records and artistic interpretations
  • Examine and compare the anatomy of Australia’s dinosaurs
  • Explore the formation, types and significance of fossils
  • Investigate, interpret and predict dinosaur movements
  • Experience virtually the world of Australia’s dinosaurs and the palaeontologists who discover them.

Activities

Students will:

  • Use Tinkercad® to construct a 3D dinosaur based on their understanding of their anatomical features
  • Undertake an exploration of fossils
  • Engage in a range of mathematical analysis activities related to the dinosaur stampede
  • Walk in the footsteps of a palaeontologist.

Victorian Curriculum

  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment (VCSSU074)
  • The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (VCSSU075)
  • Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth's surface (VCSSU079)
  • Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations (VCSSU079)